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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 ironwood

Chinese ironwood

Parrotia subaequalis
Chinese Ironwood

Our Chinese ironwood was planted in 2020. It was chosen because of its rarity and spectacular fall color. These wonderful trees are native to China and close relatives of the Persian ironwood, with both species belonging to the witch hazel family. They reach a height of around 25 feet and have deep-green leaves lined with purple during the summer. In the fall, their foliage changes to gorgeous shades of yellow-orange and burgundy-purple, complementing the bark’s unique patchwork of gray, tan, and green. 

Chinese ironwoods are highly endangered in their native habitat, which is why we are so lucky to have one at home in the park. Interestingly, the Chinese ironwood was only named as a unique species within the last 20 years, despite having diverged from Persian ironwood almost 8 million years ago.

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