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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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‘FloatingCloud’ Redbud

‘FloatingCloud’ Redbud

Cercis canadensis ‘Floating Clouds’
Redbud

The ‘FloatingCloud’ 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-Cloud 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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