EcoTimber Cork Flooring

Cork is the outer bark of the Quercus Suber (oak cork) tree. Today, the majority of cork being produced is found in Portugal, Spain, and North Africa, where the Mediterranean soil, temperature, and rain conditions are ideal for the species to flourish. Forests of oak cork trees, at least in Portugal, are carefully monitored and heavily protected. Upon planting, it takes about 25 years for the first material to be suitable for harvesting. During this, and all subsequent harvests, the outer bark of the cork oak’s trunk and major branches are carefully stripped by hand (no mechanical stripping devices are allowed). Experienced cork strippers use a specialized cork axe to slit the outer bark and peel it away from the tree. On average the cork regenerates at a harvestable rate of approximately 9 years, and this occurs between 12-15 times during the trees life-cycle (with a tree life span of approx. 200 years). The 9 year span is somewhat dependent on micro-climate conditions, and it has been found that this period of time is long enough for the bark to grow to a thickness suitable for extracting wine corks (the main use of the cork bark).

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