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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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Weeping tupelo

Weeping tupelo

Nyssa sylvatica ‘Autumn Cascade’
Nissa Sylvatica

‘Autumn Cascade’ is a weeping variety of the native Black tupelo tree. This particular tree was planted to provide the park with even more radiant fall foliage. Autumn Cascades are smaller than their tupelo relatives, growing up to around 30 feet tall. Commonly known as the tupelo or black-gum tree, during the summer months, their leaves turn a deep glossy green, while in the fall it blazes with an array of yellow, orange, red, and purple. 

Tupelos have an interesting, highly textured bark pattern made up of plates and ridges that deepen as the tree ages, developing a scaly appearance. They are dioecious trees, meaning they can have either male or female flowers. Tupelo trees do not produce showy flowers in the spring, but the flowers they do make are excellent for honey producing bees. Their fruits are dark blue when mature, and a food source for many animals including 35 species of caterpillar, the Eastern Bluebird, the Scarlet Tanager, and the Cedar Waxwing.

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