Quercus suber is an interesting gnarly barked evergreen Oak whose bark is used to make cork.
This super tree has small evergreen leaves which are lightly lobed, dark green on the top and pale underneath. The interesting, corky bark becomes gnarled as the tree matures; it is often commercially produced for harvest of the bark, which is then used to produce the corks for bottles and a number of other domestic uses.
Quercus suber is native to North Africa and Southern Europe and was introduced to the UK in the 1690s. It produces a small, round headed tree at maturity that tends to have a short stem, being native to warmer climes; it is best suited to the warmer south of the UK, although it is capable of withstanding some level of frost. Like many other evergreen trees, it prefers to be planted on a free draining soil.
This is an interesting tree for planting in a garden, the bark is simply super, never failing to impress and its rounded and dense evergreen crown can be useful for screening.
Mature height: 5-10m
|Common Name(s)||:||Cork Oak, Oak|
|Tree Type||:||Evergreen Broad Leaf|
|Tree Features||:||Small Leaves, Fissured Bark, Evergreen|
|Seasons of Interest||:||Winter Interest|
|Soil Type||:||Acidic Soil, Clay Soil, Alkaline Soil, Chalk Soil, Dry Soil|
|Mature Size||:||Small (under 10m)|
|Tree uses||:||Sheltered Sites, Woodland Sites, Garden, Light Sandy Sites, Parkland Trees, Screening Trees|
Quercus suber - Cork Oak
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