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
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.
Torrance City Flower
Torrance City Tree
Torrance Fire Department
Torrance First Library
Torrance's Irving Gill-Designed Bridge
Torrance City Veterans Memorial
Torrance Centennial Plaza
Original Torrance Memorial Hospital
John F. Kennedy Memorial Stone
Seaside Heroes Park
Los Arboles "Rocketship" Park
Little Free Library at Torrance Police Dept.
Ted Tanouye Memorial
History of Farming in Torrance
All-America City Award Finalist, 2011