beautiful archway of Cork Elms at the west entrance to lakeside is believed to
be the only lane of these huge old trees in the United States. They were planted on Arbor Day of 1893 by the pupils of the
first school in
Lakeside. The trees had been imported from Australia
by the El Cajon Land Company.
branches of these historic old cork trees formed an archway of scenic beauty
Avenue. Their cool inviting shade has welcomed the traveler to lakeside since
the horse and buggy days.
their native country, Australia, the cork bark grows much thicker and is used commercially. Only a limited area
of bark is harvested periodically and the harvest does not injure the tree. They
are unique in the fact that they bear no flowers or seeds, but propagate
themselves by offshoots from the roots -- if left alone they would soon have
become a veritable jungle. A few of these shoots have been planted in
and were growing into fine trees. A plan was formulated whereby this growth
could be saved and given to those who would plant them on their properties.
about 1917, a large nursery in Oneca, Florida
had been importing these Cork Elms from Australia, and they were being planted throughout the south. However, it has been learned
that those trees have not grown to the size of the Lakeside Cork Elms.