This is a bit of an odd one but I'm both intrigued and confused by the branch that has split near the trunk of this tree. I don't know what kind of tree it is but it has purple flowers in early spring then goes green until winter. A very interesting tree that I personally love but something appears to have damaged it. I've never seen tree damage like this before so I know it was a bird or lightning. I'm hoping someone else has seen this before or perhaps could even identify the type of tree this is.
I should not that this branch shouldn't be rotting or dead as it still has green on it even as I take pictures. I'm sure its going to die now though.