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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 'China Snow'
Chinese Fringetree 2

Chinese fringetrees were common in Madison Square Park up until the 1970s. Specimens such as this one are now being replanted to honor the park’s historical layout. This variety of fringetree is known as the ‘China Snow’, its fragrant flowers bloom more abundantly than any other type of the species. They grow to be about 20 feet tall, and can live to be 70 years old or more. 

The pure white flowers of the China Snow cover the tree in late April to create a stunning show. Appearing almost as if a cloud had settled down in our garden. Their summer leaves are glossy and green, giving way to a rich yellow color in the fall. The tree fruits with small blueberries, which are both ornamental and enjoyed by birds. While its furrowed bark and curved trunk make an attractive silhouette throughout the winter months.

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