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City Tree - Cork Oak (Quercus Suber)

Accepted officially as the City tree by motion of the CIty Council at a regular meeting held February 18, 1964, upon recommendation of the Torrance Beautiful Commisssion.

The Cork Oak is native to North Africa and Southern Europe. Oaks are among the most impressive of all trees. They have been a sign of unending strength and stability. Two beautiful specimens stand on the two islands in our downtown section on Torrance Blvd., bordered by Sartori on the north and south side of the street. These trees were planted around 1912 or 1913.

The Cork Oak is not the kind of tree generally planted by the homeowner because of its size and slow growth. Consequently, this is a tree not usually seen by the general public.

The Cork Oak is not found growing too often in Souther California, and our trees in the downtown section are the nicest specimens to be found in the South Bay area.

Other smaller specimens can be found in the Civic Center West Annex, Katy Geissert Library, Fine Arts (Cultural Arts Center), and at Five Points (Carson and Cabrillo), Southeast Library (236th and Arlington), Alta Loma Park (2), Hickory Park (3) Lago Seco Park, Torrance Park, Wilson Park, and in North Torrance (18) along Crenshaw Blvd. from 177th to 180th - planted in Octber 2007 by the Northwest Torarnce Homeowners Association in honor of Make a Difference Day.

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History of Farming in Torrance

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