Torrey Pine on Long Branch Saved by Residents and OB Rag Now Needs to Come Down

by on July 27, 2022 · 7 comments

in Ocean Beach

Photo by Carole Landon-Stone

The lone Torrey Pine at 4633 Long Branch, saved by local residents along with the OB Rag 11 years ago, now is dead and needs to come down.

After multiple “trimmings” and the cutting off of major limbs over the years by the city, the Torrey — which dominates the block — is now brown and is dangerous to residents and houses along the street.

The tree has a long saga, including efforts to cut it down back in 2018.

With its current state, some local residents have been reaching out to different governmental agencies and the media for assistance in bringing the once-stately tree down. At least one local TV station is due to come out to the tree this morning for a report.

It once was designated as a Heritage Tree.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Frank Gormlie July 27, 2022 at 9:52 am

This is sad news indeed. Locals on Long Branch Ave. did so much to save this Torrey over the years, but now it’s dead.


Frank Gormlie July 28, 2022 at 11:43 am

Here is a link to Channel 8News report about the Torrey from Wed.


Geoff Page July 28, 2022 at 1:36 pm

I looked at it yesterday and it was indeed sad. Where the ne’er do wells failed, thanks to the community effort, a little beetle succeeded.


Frank Gormlie July 28, 2022 at 3:43 pm

Here is the city’s response: They will remove it by the end of the year, 5 months away.
CBS 8 reached out to the city, and received this response:

“We are aware of this Torrey Pine and the city’s Urban Forestry Team has been inspecting and documenting it for some time now. We believe this Torrey Pine, with a 45″ diameter trunk, succumbed to various insects as well as a few too many dry winters. We did try and treat it for insects last year to no success and the tree is now selected for removal by the end of the year.”


sal July 29, 2022 at 10:28 am

Maybe if they had left it alone instead of hacking away at it…


Frank Gormlie July 29, 2022 at 10:46 am

ya got that right.


Geoff Page July 29, 2022 at 10:48 am

I want to hear more about this, “We did try and treat it for insects last year…”


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