Cork Oak (or Quercus suber) is an impressive tree dominating Iberian peninsula (especially in the Portuguese part); in addition to Sardinia and a few places in Italy. You can see it as an impressive tree in the countryside or the entire forests where they thrive with little need for water or extensive care.
As you might know, forest fires can be devastating to the forests and local communities in the southern part of Europe. But, Cork Oak is one of those tree varieties that withstand forest fires – all thanks to its cork – which simply does not burn.
This thick cork not only protects the tree, but also acts as a wall or a barrier to further spread of fire through the forest.
Is it just me, or we need more cork trees out there?