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Central Park: picture perfect. 🍂 #CentralParkFoliageWatch 📷: @nyclovesnyc

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Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is incredibly easy to spot in the fall because of its flowers that are on display from October through December. 🍃 Even after losing their leaves, witch hazels continue to put forth small yellow blooms. Its flowers are all clustered along the branches, and have four ribbon-looking petals that are pollinated by winter-flying moths. After the flowers are pollinated, they develop into seed capsules that act as miniature cannons, expelling their seeds up to 30 feet! #PeepThatPlant 📝: Natural Areas Technician Mimi Gunderson 📷: Assistant Manager of Natural Areas Alex Hodges

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Sassafras (Sassafras albidum) is a medium-sized tree that is native to North America. 🍂 It’s easily identifiable because of its three different leaf shapes: oval, two-lobed (which looks like a mitten), and three-lobed (which looks like a turkey foot). All parts of sassafras trees have been used for human purposes; Native Americans used it for many medicinal purposes and it was a staple of early America’s economy. Sassafras trees are also known as the main ingredient for traditional root beer, but it hasn’t been used in commercially produced root beer since the 1960s. It’s easy to spot sassafras trees around Central Park this time of year because of their spectacular fall foliage. #PeepThatPlant 📝📷: Natural Areas Technician Mimi Gunderson

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Generations of New Yorkers have used Central Park as a place to remember and honor our veterans. One example is the 107th United States Infantry Memorial at Fifth Avenue and 67th Street. Dedicated in 1927, it commemorates soldiers who served and died in World War I. #VeteransDay #ArmisticeDay100

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No filter needed! 🍂 These beautiful photos are by the Conservancy’s Park Planner, Jenny Burton. #CentralParkFoliageWatch

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Vibrant fall colors spotted in the north end of Central Park. 🍂 📷: @jhaykin #CentralParkFoliageWatch

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Autumn is in full swing in Central Park, so for this week’s #PeepThatPlant, we’re featuring the sugar maple (Acer saccharum), a tree that’s famous for displaying spectacular fall foliage and being the primary source of maple syrup. 🥞 Sugar maples are native to North America, and are one of the first trees to start changing each fall. Their sap is what is used to make maple syrup — it takes 40 liters of maple sap to create one liter of pure syrup! They’re so synonymous with fall that even the iPhone’s fall leaf emoji is a sugar maple leaf. 🍁 Have you spotted any of these trees in the Park? 📝📷: Natural Areas Technician Mimi Gunderson #CentralParkFoliageWatch

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Current status at the Pool. 🍂 📷: @tati512nyc #CentralParkFoliageWatch

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The colors atop Summit Rock, the highest natural elevation in Central Park. 🍂 #CentralParkFoliageWatch

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