Quercus suber/Cork Oak

Quercus suber / Quercus suber
The trunk of a relatively young Cork Oak
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The trunk of a relatively young Cork Oak


Close-up view of the foliage

Thick layer of corky bark on the Cork Oak

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Scientific Name: Quercus suber
Common Name: Cork Oak
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 30 - 40 feet
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Slow
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: This tree is grown primarily in Portugal, Spain, Algeria and France for the production of cork. The production starts when a tree is 40 to 50 years old. Only the outer, dead corky bark is removed. It is possible to cut cork from a tree every ten years.