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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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Celtis occidentalis

Hackberry trees have a very distinctive bark covered with rough scales and ridges. They tolerate a wide range of conditions, from dry soils to high winds and air pollution. They are one the best trees for urban spaces, and their resemblance to elm trees makes them a good choice to replace our declining elms. 

Hackberries produce flowers and leaves between late April and early May. Their flowers give way to fruits which ripen in the fall. These purple fruits are often eaten by birds before they can fall to the ground. As part of our horticulture program at Madison Square Park, we keep data on five species of trees. The Hackberry is one of the trees we’ve been tracking. Our horticulturists take note of when they bud in the spring, when they flower, and when they seed. This information helps us establish a rhythm of the seasons, and shows how our plants respond over time. It is also a vital tool in our understanding the effects of climate change.

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