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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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Kousa dogwood

Kousa dogwood

Cornus kousa
Kousa Dogwood

Our Kousa dogwood trees are interesting all year round. They reach around 30 feet tall and live between 50 and 150 years. In late spring, its star-shaped white bracts (modified leaves) surround small yellow-green flowers to put on a lovely display. The bracts seem to perch themselves above the dark green foliage, giving the impression that the tree is decorated with powdery snow. 

Kousas are a favorite source of nectar for the American Snout butterfly. These butterflies camouflage themselves amidst the tree’s branches. Holding their antennae downward like a stem, they avoid predators by appearing to be a dead leaf. The tree’s canopy provides abundant shade on the lawns of the park during the summer. They turn a radiant purple-red in the fall and produce raspberry-like berries. As winter comes, the Kousa’s bark provides an interesting contrast, with its mottled tan and gray patterns.

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Abigail Deville: Light of Freedom, Narrated by Brooke Kamin Rappoport
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