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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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‘Floating Cloud’ Redbud

‘Floating Cloud’ Redbud

Cercis canadensis ‘Floating Clouds’

The ‘Floating Clouds’ Redbud tree has foliage colored with splashes of white and dark green. While its dark-brown bark shows hints of cinnamon and orange underneath. Floating Clouds Redbuds remain relatively short, reaching between 20–30 feet in height. They grow with a divided trunk and have a crown of rounded or flat-topped foliage.

In early spring, they bloom with beautiful pink flowers that cover the entire tree, even the trunk. These early blossoms draw many species of butterfly to the park. When the blossoms fall, clusters of flat, bean-shaped pods take their place. In fall, flocks of birds gather to eat these seeds, while the leaves change to a bright canary yellow. Though native to North America, Redbuds have several relatives in Europe and Asia. It was noted as far back as the 16th century by Spanish explorers, who saw their similarity to trees back in Europe.

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