Woody Cape Honeysuckle

RollerboyApril 8, 2013

I have just bought a house with a very nice privacy hedge of ficus, with Cape Honeysuckle planted about every six feet....... all on a drip system. The ficus is thick and lush, and offers total privacy, whereas the Cape Honeysuckle has become "woody" providing prying eyes with the opportunity to see into my yard. I know that pruning the tops will promote bushier growth, but are some of those woody stems even capable of producing shoots of new green? I wonder if I should just plant another Cape Honeysuckle at the base of each to grow up and fill in, or should I remove the Cape's altogether and put ficus in their place? I'm trying to find the most cost-effective alternative. Any advice is appreciated. Thx!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lazy_gardens

It will usually sprout from the woody stems. Cut about 1/3 of the stems down to short stubs (6-12 inches) on a couple of bushes and see what happens.

If they sprout, do the rest of them.

If it works, every year or two, cut some of the woody old stems down to stubs to keep them lush at the base.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 1:41PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
1/3 acre on slope elevation 3400
Hi there, We have around 1/3 of an acre with a slight...
ltews
Help get rid of Scorpions - have dogs
Help!!. My friend has a new wooden house in the South....
Natilie70
West Texas Grape Tomato Hybrids/Varieties?
I moved to the Amarillo area a little over 2 years...
Breeder_Ben
Red rock used for desert landscaping, how hot??
I live in an HOA with lovely natural desert dirt and...
casseybug
Killing palo verde
I apologize to those of you who cannot grow these....
rodoehoho
Sponsored Products
Cape Orange Octagonal Mirror
$749.00 | FRONTGATE
Cape Cod Wren House
Signature Hardware
Slamp | Woody Pendant Light
$590.00 | YLighting
Batman Cape Cookie Jar
$36.99 | zulily
Cape Cod Large Sienna Bronze Outdoor Wall Mount
$299.00 | Bellacor
Safavieh Cape Cod Grey Console Table
Overstock.com
DENY Designs Khristian A Howell Cape Town Blooms Fleece Throw Blanket Multicolor
$59.00 | Hayneedle
Lights Up! Woody Pickled White Linen Shade Floor Lamp
Lamps Plus
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™