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Outstanding Trees of Long Beach

By: Jorge Ochoa




October 4, 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM



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The importance of trees in the urban landscape. Their branching structure, flowers, variety of canopy characteristics, and array of fruits all enhance the cityscape. Since 2009, Jorge has walked the streets of Long Beach in search of the "unique," "largest," "oldest," and "one-of a-kind specimen" trees within the city limits. With about 95% of the inventory completed to date, he has found numerous outstanding examples of both native and exotic tree species around town.

The remnant grounds of historic Rancho Los Cerritos and Rancho Los Alamitos contain some unique specimen trees, such as the only Osage orange (Maclura pomifera) known in Southern California and a large valley oak (Quercus lobata), and the best Italian Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) in the city. Some of the unusual, one-of-a-kind trees found by Jorge include wild lime or wild prickly ash (Zanthoxylum sp.), Capulin cherry (Prunus salicifolia), Kukui tree (Aleurites moluccana), and a Traveler palm (Ravenala madagascariensis). Jorge’s presentation includes many more specimens that were unique to Long Beach based on geographical location, rarity, age, or stature.




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Jorge Ochoa
Instructor
Long Beach City College

Jorge Ochoa is the lead instructor for the Long Beach City College horticulture program. He has previously worked for the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks cataloging rare and unusual trees. Jorge has academic credentials from both Long Beach City College and Cal Poly Pomona.


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Long Beach, CA
October 4th & 5th

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