City Tree of Shaoxing
    As a large evergreen tree, Torreya grandis is China's unique third century relic plant, one of the National two level protection tree species. With the magnificent shape and neat crown, the tree is good for garden-planting and landscaping. Torreya wood is excellent timber for its straight texture, fine structure, fragrance, having no cracks, corrosion resistance. And it is the fine varieties for artificial grafting cultivation, which is the crystallization of the wisdom of the working people of Shaoxing. Torreya is cash-cow, in the year of 2013, Shaoxing people growed Torreya grandis up to 267 thousand acres, yielded 2 million 305 thousand kilograms, with the output value of 440 million yuan. Torreya tree is longevity tree, the city's ancient Torreya trees over 1000 years are more than 4500.
    After 5 months of selection, Torreya is crowned for Shaoxing city tree with the number of 56.2%. At the nineteenth meeting of the seven Standing Committee of the Shaoxing people's Congress helding in October 28, 2014, it was officially identified as "Shaoxing city tree".
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