Pruning Bittersweet Vines - Knowledgebase Question

Fort scott, KS
Question by tmbarrett
June 12, 1999
My bittersweet vines are taking over. Is it okay to prune them back? If so, when is the best time of the year to do it?

Answer from NGA
June 12, 1999


Celastrus, or Bittersweet, is a vigorous, twining vine with ropelike branches that become heavy enough to need support. It can become a tangled mass unless constantly pruned back. You can cut out the old fruiting branches in the winter and pinch out tips of vigorous branches all summer.

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