Cork oak bark — various applications

The greatest value of oak tree is its bark, which has found a huge application in many areas. The bark of the cork oak is resistant to moisture, temperature, does not mold, does not rot. Thanks to these advantages, it has become the best material for years used in terrariums (as a cork tube, hideout cork cave, cork branches, etc.), paludariums, vivariums, plant compositions (Tillands, Orchids) or in sophisticated gardens. Its specific and unique structure makes it look very exotic.

Terrariums, zoology or 

In terrariums, bark of cork oak is used as natural, safe, durable trees for climbing reptiles, amphibians, arachnids and insects. There may also be elements of the decor — light and durable hiding places (even for large and heavy hoses) cork tubes, cork tunnels, cork caves. They can also be used as elements for planting and hooking plants, for example Tillandsia, Orchidea, Crypthantus, Bromelia. In zoology, however, cork oak is used as branches and hollows for parrots and other birds. Additionally, it can be an element for climbing and playing for rodents for example degu, squirrels, etc. It is their natural hiding places. In floristics, cork oak bark is used as elements for planting and decorations, for example, Tillandsia, Orchidea, Crypthantus, Bromelia. They can also be elements for creating flower arrangements, like pots and casings.

Cork tube

The cut tree matures for about 7 years, until it rots and shrinks in the middle. After this time, the wood from the inside is pulled out, knocked out using simple tools. This process is therefore laborious and long-lasting which in connection with transport generates costs and affects the market value of the goods. However, this is the only tree which bark has such a huge range of applications thanks to its properties. This is how the cork tube is created. In gardening, huge cork tubes are used that will decorate gardens or rock gardens in a very exotic and rare way.

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