|Hawthorns, northern edge of the WSV Sasaki Garden, courtesy of Hubert J Steed (source)|
The hawthorn pictured in the foreground of the photograph lost a major branch (it's only one) during an early fall storm (not superstorm Sandy). The remaining trunk was removed after the hurricane. The hawthorns in the background have been improperly pruned and no longer exhibit the traditional structure of a hawthorn. Furthermore, the loss of much of their canopy has led to poor growth and stunted habit.