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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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Yellowwoods are beautiful native trees of North America. Even in the wild, they are rare trees to find, which makes seeing them in the park all the more special. Not a large tree by any standards, it grows between 30 to 60 feet tall. What it lacks in height it makes up with beauty. Its multi-branched trunk is smooth and gray with each limb covered in multiple series of bright green leaves. 

They get their name not from their yellow fall leaves, but from the yellow color of their freshly cut wood. The tree blooms with a spectacular spay of fragrant white flowers bloom in May, which are followed by bean-like seed pods. They are one of the first trees in the park to put on fall color.

 As part of our horticulture program, we keep data on five species of trees, including the Yellowwood. Our horticulture team learns from their life cycle and how they interact with the park’s plants and animals. This information helps us see the rhythm of the seasons, and shows us how the park has changed over time.

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