We used to have the loveliest ornamental tree in our front yard. Someone told me once that she thought it was a species of blooming magnolia, but I never really knew for sure. It was a favorite climbing tree for our daughter and other neighborhood kids, because it was very Y-shaped, with these two strong branches coming off a short, stout trunk. Its blooms were a lovely harbinger of spring, arriving even before the cherry blossoms.
About six or seven years ago, it severed in two after a bad storm, and we paid to have it chopped up and toted away. But every year, a feisty little sprout shoots up from the flush stump and offers up a few blossoms.
This year, I think it may have graduated to "shrub" status. Let's hear it for hanging in there!