Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Hail Hammered Dogwood



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.

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6 comments:

gwendolen said...

First time I heard of a Dogwood tree was in Farmville :-S

Looks a beautiful tree. Do you have a photo of the whole tree in bloom?

texwisgirl said...

i hope it is healthy and just sustained hail and wind damage. :)

D.B. Echo said...

Glad to hear that you survived the storms relatively unscathed. I was getting worried.

The title of this post almost sounded like it could be the name of a hymn. The Dogwood has a legendary association with the crucifixion:
http://www.gotquestions.org/legend-dogwood.html

Mike B. @ slugyard.com said...

We had a gorgeous dogwood at one of our old houses. I always worried about it because it seemed to bloom late and lose its leaves early. Of course, it was always fine- hopefully yours will be too.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Maybe they haven't fully popped open?? Hopefully nothing worse.

Pat - Arkansas said...

Hmmm. Looks like something got hold of it, hail or other. I hope it's a survivor. Dogwoods are too pretty to lose.