Virginia was in the midst of the worse winter in this area in 100 years. This is how our best Magnolia tree looked as I headed out to brush the snow off and relieve some stress.
As I walked out of the house, I heard a loud Crack! and this is how our Magnolia looked after the snow had stopped. I figured there was no reason to brush the snow off it anymore. I assumed the tree was dead, but I left the trunk so I could use the base for a birdhouse stand.
Much to my surprise the trunk was NOT dead. It had a strong will to live. As spring came it began sprouting leaves and branches profusely. This is how it looks today!