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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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Scarlet oak

Scarlet oak

Quercus coccinea
Scarlet Oak

Scarlet oaks are deciduous trees that grow to reach 65–100 feet tall. They have a rounded crown of glossy foliage that turns bright red in both spring and fall. Popular for more than their vivid color, these oaks tolerate both poor soils and high winds, making them ideal shade trees for lawns and parks. While their acorns provide an important food source for squirrels, chipmunks, Bluejays, and Red-headed Woodpeckers all winter long.

Retaining their fiery red leaves into winter, makes these trees standout in the park amidst those which have already gone bare. They are natives of the eastern United States, with a habitat that stretches along the Appalachian Mountains, and into Indiana, Missouri, and Mississippi.

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