Dutchman's pipe...sudden death
Vines &leaves on one side of plant are dying from the ground to top of pergola beginning a week or so ago. No sign of leaf disease or root disturbance. It grows against a clapboard wall and is at least ten years old. Summer has been dry until recently. What's up/
Fairfield County Connecticut plant pathology
Dutchman's Pipe prefers moist, well drained soil. We have had a dry summer and possibly lack of water to the dying portion of the plants are to blame. Resources do not list any pest, disease or insect that would bother the plant enough to kill it. It is a great chipmunk year with high populations everywhere. Could there possibly be a below ground tunnel, not visible from above, which killed the roots?
You can bring a sample of any half dead plant to your local extension office for examination.