American Dogwood (Cornus florida)
Thunderstorms preceded the arrival of a new cold front Monday morning. Some included hail -- not a lot and not very big, but enough to damage our just opening dogwood blooms. Some trees seemed to suffer more bloom damage than others. I've been closely following and photographing the blooms on this particular tree. It grows right beside our road.
Missing bracts I'll definitely blame on the hail, but I'm not certain something else isn't going on with this particular dogwood (decline? fungal disease?). I don't know if hail damage would cause so many of the bracts to curl and twist as they've done. I'll keep my eye on this tree.