Cork oak tree, Quercus suber

Cork oak tree, Quercus suber

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Caption: The trunk and branches of a Cork Oak (Quercus suber). Q. suber is an evergreen tree which may live for 300 years and attain a height of 10 metres. It is native to the Iberian Peninsula, but is also cultivated in Algeria, Sardinia and the west coast of Italy. The bark is used in a variety of products, including stoppers, panels and coverings. The bark is first stripped when the tree is 25-30 years old, and every 10 years thereafter until the tree is 150 years old. Overcropping has led to the demise of many trees.

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Keywords: botany, cork, cork oak, nature, oak, plant, plants, quercus suber, tree, trun, trunk, type

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