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The tree is cultivated in Spain, Portugal, Algeria, Morocco, France, Italy and Tunisia.
Portugal accounts for around 50% of the world cork harvest.
Quercus suber, commonly called the cork oak, is a medium-sized, evergreen oak tree in the section Quercus sect. It is the primary source of cork for wine bottle stoppers and other uses, such as cork flooring and as the cores of cricket balls.
It is native to southwest Europe and northwest Africa.
Usually five people are required to harvest the tree's bark, using a small axe.
The process requires training due to the skill required to harvest bark without harming the tree.