Quercus suber, Cork Oak

Quercus suber

Cork Oak
Family: Fagaceae
Origin: Mediterranean
USDA Zone: 7-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Quercus suber (Cork oak) is a small tree that grows between 10 to 20 feet in height and is native to the Mediterranean. It is a hardy plant that is suitable for growing in USDA Zones 7-11. The leaves of the Cork Oak are typically 2-3 inch long and with coarse tooth-like edging. The acorns of this tree are up to 1 inch long, set in a deep cup that's surrounded by long, thin scales. These tree are an essential source for the production of cork, which is widely used for making wine bottle stoppers and other products.

Caring for Quercus suber is relatively easy. The Cork Oak likes to receive full sun in moderate temperatures, although it can also survive in semi-shade conditions. As far as water requirements, this plant needs regular watering in order to ensure its healthy growth. Watering should be adjusted depending on the climate - for dryer, warmer areas, more frequent watering will be necessary.

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