|Heptacodium miconiodes flower and calyx|
I do love the tree, but it has a problem. It was in full bloom, looking its best, but then I saw this:
That branch is dead for no apparent reason. Clearly, this was a recent death, as there are dried buds on it. That isn't the first large branch to die this season.
The large hole is where a huge branch died. I don't know if the tree has a disease, as it otherwise appears healthy. I can cut out the dead wood and overlook the holes in the silhouette, as the merits of the tree outweigh the imperfections.