A resilient tree

The birch tree that I planted back in 2004 along the property line has grown tall with three distinct trunks. Last Sunday morning, with its leaves weighed down by heavy wet snow, each of the three trunks was bent over nearly touching the ground (photo above). While there were no cracks visible, I doubted the tree would survive intact. Well it did. By Tuesday, the tree had resumed its fully upright position (photo below) and, unlike its more brittle companions throughout our yard, not a branch was lost.