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May 19, 2020 8:27 AM CST
Pittsburgh, PA
We have a 15+-year-old wisteria in our front yard here in Pittsburgh (Northeast). It gets late afternoon sun and has performed well over the years...but this year is very strange.

The plant was absolutely covered with flowers (and bumblebees!) this spring. Beautiful! However, now - in late spring - the flowers are all but gone ( and the bees), but the plant has not produced leaves to any degree....and the remaining flowers are turning brown. This has never happened before and it has become somewhat of an eyesore.

We are on the verge of cutting the plant way back, but thought we would ask here before doing anything drastic.

Please see pictures. HELP.
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May 19, 2020 9:34 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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I wish that I would have your problem. The plant blooms better then it has ever bloomed before and you are worried that it is not making leaves?!?! Oh my.
You have to have a little patience there.

Try giving it a one shot dose of plant food, that may help. However just ONE dose. If you feed it too much you may affect bud production for next spring.
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May 19, 2020 10:02 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
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Welcome!

I'm not sure what's wrong with your wisteria. Has the weather been weird this year? Does your wisteria variety bloom and then leaf out?
I see wisteria leaves in photo 1, is that a different plant?

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