Skip to main content
Image replaced with SVGInject
Lawns Closed Today
Image replaced with SVGInject Image replaced with SVGInject Image replaced with SVGInject Image replaced with SVGInject Image replaced with SVGInject Image replaced with SVGInject Image replaced with SVGInject   | Reseeding in progress
Lawns Open    Lawns Closed
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.
< Back to Arboretum

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.

Image replaced with SVGInject
Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now

×

playImage replaced with SVGInject
Abigail Deville: Light of Freedom
Abigail Deville: Light of Freedom, Narrated by Brooke Kamin Rappoport
closeImage replaced with SVGInject
Image replaced with SVGInject