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Madison Square Park Conservancy is responsible for the maintenance of the park’s lawns which are in the process of spring reseeding. While the grass is establishing now, visitors should expect the majority of lawns to be ready for use in late May.  Lawns are open daily for public use starting at 10 AM through 5 PM, weather permitting. Lawns are closed on Parade Days.  Learn more about park hours and rules by visiting our FAQ page.

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Chinese fringetree

Chinese fringetree

Chionanthus retusus ‘Tokyo Tower’
Chinese Fringe Tree

Chinese fringetrees were a common sight in Madison Square Park up until the 1970s. Specimens like this one are now being replanted to honor the park’s historic layout. This tree is a variety known as the ‘Tokyo Tower’, named for its narrow upright branches which form a columnar shape. 

They are natives of China, Korea, and Japan, growing from 12 to 15 feet tall. They bloom with fragrant white flower clusters that appear in the spring-like a narrow wall of clouds. Male flowers are slightly showier, while fertilized female flowers give way to olive-shaped fruits which ripen to a lovely bluish-purple in late summer. Their leathery green foliage turns yellow in the fall, and contrasts beautifully with their purple berries. While the tree’s exfoliating cinnamon and gray bark provides a welcome distraction in the winter landscape.

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