I'm pleased that it missed the ginkgo, but I wish it could have steered clear of my pride and joy, the Corylus Avellana 'Red Majestic' we planted last fall, having paid an extravagant amount for it. I've enjoyed its purple catkins and was getting excited about seeing the leaves opening along its twisted stems.
And here is the sad, sad news -- I've traced around the damage:That's right. At the moment, the shrub is nicely shaped with two reasonably symmetrical branches. But one branch has been broken almost right through, and I'm going to have to make a clean break for it and then see how it does. I suspect (hope, at least) it will recover fairly well, but it will take some time and look awkward in the meantime.
Also in the meantime, I'm going to be looking up anxiously as I walk in and out of the yard for the next while.
In fact, I noticed numerous flowering cherry trees (or possibly ornamental plums) around town that had been grievously injured by this unseasonal snowfall. The fact that the trees had leafed out and were in flower seems to have caused them to hold more of the snow. I've never seen this kind of widespread tree damage here from earlier snowfalls -- the timing seems to have played a significant part. Two gorgeous trees outside my office have broken limbs affecting perhaps one-third of the tree, and I saw several more along our Nanaimo Seawall undergoing amputation of their damaged limbs.