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Madison Square Park Conservancy is responsible for the maintenance of the park’s lawns, which includes closing the lawns each year from October through May for reseeding. With the heightened need for public space, the Conservancy has kept the lawns open throughout the pandemic. For the month of April, all lawns will be closed to reestablish the grass in time for summer.
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Chinese elm

Chinese elm

Ulmus parvifolia
Chinese Elm

Our Chinese elm is often the last tree to leaf out in spring. Luckily, they are also one of the few species of elm with a resistance to the lethal Dutch elm disease. Chinese elms grow quickly, and can reach upwards of 80 feet tall. Their crown of foliage has a broad, vase-like shape with beautiful drooping branches. The leaves are a glossy, dark green, and produce small flowers in the late summer. Blossoms are followed by green samaras (winged seed pods), which float from the tree on windy summer days. 

In southern climates, Chinese elms do not shed their leaves, but in Madison Square Park their foliage turns shades of yellow in the fall. Their greenish-gray bark sheds to reveal subtle tones of orange and brown, adding interest to the park’s winter landscape. Because of their tolerance to pruning, Chinese elms are a popular choice for bonsai trees.

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