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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 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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