cork oak Fagaceae Quercus suber
Leaf:Alternate, simple, evergreen, leathery, ovate to elliptical, 2 to 3 inches long, margin either entire or usually with wavy teeth; leaf surface cupped, dark green above, very fuzzy and whitened below.
Flower:Species is monoecious; males are slender, yellow-green catkins 2 to 3 inches long; females are very small, in clusters of 2 to 4 in leaf axils; both appear in early spring.
Fruit:Acorn, 1 to 1 1/2 inches long, narrow, oblong; loose scaly cap covers approximately 1/2 of the nut; matures in 1 season.
Twig:Moderate, light gray-brown, abundant gray fuzz; buds clustered, reddish brown, with some gray fuzz, broadly triangular and pointed.
Bark:Very unique, light gray with deep reddish brown furrows, developing very thick (inches) layers of cork, ruggedly ridged and furrowed; reddish brown when recently harvested for cork.
Form:A medium sized tree (up to 65 feet tall) typically with a low dividing trunk.