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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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Japanese snowbell

Japanese snowbell

Styrax japonica
Japanese Snowbell

Native to China and Japan, the Japanese snowbell is a deciduous flowering tree. It grows to 20-30 feet tall, but occasionally reaches up to 50 feet. Snowbells have a smooth and distinctive bark with a dark-green crown of foliage shaped like an upright pyramid.

 They produce fragrant, bell-shaped flowers from May to June. These long-stemmed flowers are usually white, but can sometimes be pink. The flowers give way to olive-shaped fruits at the end of summer, just as the tree’s foliage begins to turn brilliant fall colors. With the onset of winter, the snowbell’s gray bark cracks to reveal a tan inner bark, which stands out beautifully on winter days.

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