City Trees

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Tree Trimming and Removal

Topping and pruning isn't allowed in Torrance; trimming or removing should only be done by a city approved/licensed landscaper. Trees in certain areas of Torrance must be protected and conserved and are not allowed to removed or trimmed.

  • We'll inspect the tree and save you some time
  • Free permits are required for cutting and trimming City Trees
    • Removal permits require a reimbursable $250 deposit per tree
  • Must be the property owner to apply for permit
  • Permits are available at the Public Works Department City Yard
  • Resident must hire a City-approved contractor at their own cost
    • We list of approved contractors with the permit application

Reasons the City Would Consider Tree Removal

  • Rotting, disease, or infestation
  • Curb/sidewalk/street repairs
  • Structural damage
  • The City does not remove City trees for sewer damage, concrete damage, or views

Street Tree Master Plan

The Street Tree Master Plan was created to enhance and preserve the City's trees by having a set list of recommended trees that would best fit each area of the city. The plan is always improving and is updated as we learn about new advancements and techniques in urban forestry.

Residential Tree Maintenance

When a new tree is planted, it needs special care to ensure its health and to make sure it thrives.

  • Water trees once a week (twice a week if hot or dry) for the first 6 months.
  • After 6 months, deep water every 2 or 3 weeks by filling a dirt basin at the bottom of the tree  
    • Don't let basin overflow
    • Water 40 mins for sandy soil or 60 mins for adobe soil
  • Don't fertilize for the first 3 months 

Visit Trees are Good and BeWaterWise for more tips on healthy trees!

Street Trees Special Designated Areas

Some trees must be protected and conserved to maintain the character of the City.

  • Beach Avenue between Carson Street and El Dorado Street
  • Cabrillo Avenue between Plaza Del Amo and Lincoln Avenue
  • Carson Street between Maple Avenue and Crenshaw Blvd.
  • Gramercy Avenue South of Plaza Del Amo
  • Seaside Rancho Area (Holiday Lights area)
  • Torrance Blvd. between Madrona Avenue and Madrid Avenue & between Madrid Avenue and Portola Avenue  
  • Ocean Avenue between Carson Street and Sepulveda Blvd.