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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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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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