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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 fringe tree

Chinese fringe tree

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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