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Cork Oak Quercus suber (Fagaceae) HEIGHT to 17m<br />
Medium-sized evergreen oak forming a rounded tree. BARK Thick, pale greyish-brown with deep fissures and ridges if left to mature, and a soft corky texture. BRANCHES Numerous, large and twisted, arising low down on bole; in very old trees some branches may trail on ground. LEAVES Resemble holly leaves, with spiny tips to shallow lobes; to 7cm long, on 1cm petioles. Mature leaves are dark green and smooth above, but paler, almost grey and downy below. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Acorns are 2–3cm long, egg-shaped, and borne in cups covered with long projecting scales. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of Mediterranean region, introduced here and grown for ornament as far north as Scotland
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Cork Oak Quercus suber (Fagaceae) HEIGHT to 17m
Medium-sized evergreen oak forming a rounded tree. BARK Thick, pale greyish-brown with deep fissures and ridges if left to mature, and a soft corky texture. BRANCHES Numerous, large and twisted, arising low down on bole; in very old trees some branches may trail on ground. LEAVES Resemble holly leaves, with spiny tips to shallow lobes; to 7cm long, on 1cm petioles. Mature leaves are dark green and smooth above, but paler, almost grey and downy below. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Acorns are 2–3cm long, egg-shaped, and borne in cups covered with long projecting scales. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of Mediterranean region, introduced here and grown for ornament as far north as Scotland

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Date: 30 Jun 2006
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