98 Cork Oak Quercus suber

Family: Fagaceae

This tree is native to Mediterranean Spain and Algeria. The growing conditions here do not suit the tree which accounts for its stunted appearance. The bark of these trees provides the cork used for bottles, placemats etc. After the cork is harvested the bark grows back again so the tree is not damaged. The cork can be harvested about twelve times during the 200 year lifetime of the tree. Unlike robur the English oak, it is an evergreen.