Quercus suber

Also known as:

  • Cork Oak

Plant Type

tree, perennial

Zones

7a-10b

Size

H:40'-50'

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

well-drained

Water Needs:

occasional, drought tolerant, dry in summer

Sun Exposure:

sun

Special Situation:

verticillium wilt resistant

Features

Fruit:

green

Flower Season:

spring

Foliage Season:

deciduous

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Arrowhead Alpines

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1310 N Gregory Road PO Box 857 Fowlerville, Michigan

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517-223-3581

Secret Garden Growers

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Canby, Oregon

503-651-2006

Cistus Nursery

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Portland, Oregon

503-621-2233

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Mediterranean climate, southern hemisphere, hardy tropical plants, and more.

Forestfarm

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Williams, Oregon

541-846-7269

Arrowhead Alpines

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1310 N Gregory Road PO Box 857 Fowlerville, Michigan

Directions

517-223-3581

Secret Garden Growers

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Canby, Oregon

503-651-2006

Cistus Nursery

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Portland, Oregon

503-621-2233

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Mediterranean climate, southern hemisphere, hardy tropical plants, and more.

Daryll's Nursery

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15770 W Ellendale Road Dallas, Oregon

Directions

(503) 623-0251

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Heritage Seedlings

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Salem, Oregon

Native Sons

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379 West El Campo Road Arroyo Grande, California

Directions

805-481-5996

sales@nativeson.com

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Description by: Cistus Nursery

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Portland, Oregon

503-621-2233

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The famed cork oak from the savannas of southwestern Europe, indeed used for repeated harvest of the real thing! Coming from our mirror climate, this makes a most beautiful and useful street or garden tree, reaching an eventual 50', with thickened, orangey bark and rounded, evergreen leaves, somewhat shedding briefly in early spring as the new leaves emerge. (By the way, pigs love the acorns ... just saying.) Accepts a fair amount of garden water but most at home with long summer drought. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.

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Description by: Heritage Seedlings

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Salem, Oregon

503-585-9835

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zz This 65 x 40 ft. evergreen oak produces the cork that we know. The native range is Southwest Europe and northwest Africa. If the corky bark is harvested sustainably every 10 years or so, this can actually accelerate carbon sequestration. The tree is frost sensitive but can be grown most successfully in places without significant freezing.

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Description by: Arrowhead Alpines

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Fowlerville, Michigan

517-223-3581

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You probably know the outer bark of this tree very well, having pulled chunks of it out bottles of wine. This is the cork oak, with the very distinctive and useful thick, spongy layer of bark called cork.Strangely, the cork can be stripped off living trees without harming them, allowing them to regrow a new layer which is then harvested again and again after it regrows. If you've decided to get into wine making, you really need one of these on your property as well. Quite tender, zone 8.

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Description by: Native Sons

Contact

Arroyo Grande, California

805-481-5996

nativeson.com

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This is the tree from whence most commercial cork is derived; the strange twisted trunk develops a thick, deeply furrowed corky bark that is harvested in Spain, Portugal and in other parts of the Mediterranean region. Mature trees can reach 60' tall and form a broad canopy of toothed, shiny dark green leaves that are silver-gray beneath. Chocolate brown acorns are held loosely in caps and provide food for bird and beast. Plant in deep, well-drained soil in full sun and provide moderate water. Hardy to 10F. Southern Europe, Northern Africa.

Description by: Forestfarm

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Williams, Oregon

541-846-7269

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A wide-spreading tree of medium height, the cork oak has small, leathery leaves ; thick furrowed bark which provides the cork of commerce. Sun/Med-Dry

Description by: Secret Garden Growers

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Canby, Oregon

503-651-2006

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This is THE source of those real corks that we pop out of wine bottles! Beautiful round headed trees, usually 40’ in a landscape with dramatic fissured thick corky bark. Elegant evergreen specimen tree with nice semi open branching habit as it matures.

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