The Anatomy of a Cork Tree
Posted on 07 April 2017
The cork oak is the only plant species capable of producing cork in a sustainable manner and with the highest quality, resulting in an industry that is unique in the world, and that is vital for the maintenance of the montado and the preservation of the flora and fauna. It is a tree with voluminous bark with suberose tissue (the cork); it has green foliage all year round, and can reach up to 10 to 15 meters in height when adult. It has good longevity and an enormous capacity for regeneration. Cork Trees can only be harvested when they reach 25 years of age and 70 cm in diameter and 130 cm in height.
Nothing is wasted in the cork oak. Its fruit, the acorn, is used for propagation by the tree itself, as food for certain species of animals, and in the production of cooking oil. The leaves are used as natural fertilizer and as fodder. Firewood and charcoal are materials that result from pruning. The natural acids found in the wood of cork oak are used in beauty products and chemical products. Nothing is more sustainable than a Cork Tree.
All of Rok Cork's products are manufactured with the highest quality of cork fabric, obtained by waiting the full 45 years until the Cork tree is fully mature and provides the best type of bark, used for the production of the most expensive champagne bottle stoppers. Now that's something to think about?
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