Nell and Bob Solt owned the wistaria vine home on Hermosa Avenue in Sierra Madre for some 47 years, before recently selling the property.

Nell Solt was always excited when the annual Wistaria Festival brought sight-seers through hers and her next door neighbors’ homes to view the now 127-year-old vine, recorded in the Guinness World Records book as the largest blossoming plant.

“It’s the cleaning that’s bad,” she told the Pasadena Star-News, of the purple blooms, in March 2015 ahead of that year’s festival. “The smell is wonderful. I’m very happy that people want to come.”

New owners at this home had the beloved Wistaria vine in Sierra Madre cut back this weekend alarming neighbors. A 1995 dedicated plaque calls the vine the world’s largest blooming plant by Guinness Book of World Records as seen on Monday, September 13, 2021. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

New owners at this home had the beloved Wistaria vine in Sierra Madre cut back this weekend alarming neighbors. A 1995 dedicated plaque calls the vine the world’s largest blooming plant by Guinness Book of World Records as seen on Monday, September 13, 2021. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

New owners at this home had the beloved wistaria vine in Sierra Madre cut back this weekend alarming neighbors. A 1995 dedicated plaque calls the vine the world’s largest blooming plant by Guinness Book of World Records as seen on Monday, September 13, 2021. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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The private residence turned over this year, with escrow closing in April, according to online real estate listing services. The new owners had some heavy trimming of the vine done this past weekend, with some residents on Facebook wondering what kind of person would do that.

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Attempts to reach the new owners were unsuccessful.

Social media reaction

Sierra Madre residents took to NextDoor, Facebook and Twitter on Saturday to spread the news. Said one tweet: Anxiously awaiting more information about the rumored destruction of Sierra Madre’s landmark Wistaria Vine, one of the botanical wonders of the world, by the new owner of its house. The city may have really screwed up by not buying at a public resource.”

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SierraMadreCA/permalink/10159738850090903/

Anxiously awaiting more information about the rumored destruction of Sierra Madre’s landmark Wistaria Vine, one of the botanical wonders of the world, by the new owner of its house. The city may have really screwed up by not buying it as a public resource. https://t.co/GH95b3YbE3 pic.twitter.com/X5MSRU5euQ

— Esotouric’s Secret Los Angeles (@esotouric) September 12, 2021

The city, which uses the less common spelling for wistaria, features the purple-flowered vines in its city logo.

Susan Henderson, an executive with the local Chamber of Commerce, was bummed when word got out.

“It is heartbreaking that I have not seen what damage was done,” she said. “I have received tons of pictures, and it is heartbreaking that it appears that the vine will no longer qualify as part …read more

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