Cork oak

  • Cork oak


The campsite’s memory

Cork oak, or Quercus suber in Latin, is one of the oldest trees on show at our four-star campsite Les Jardins de La Pascalinette® and has been an intrinsic part of the region’s Mediterranean flora from time immemorial.

It is widely exploited throughout Southern Europe.

This very robust tree is able to survive forest fires. The bark of the cork oak can reach an impressive 25 cm in thickness. It therefore insulates the tree from fire and even if the tree appears to be calcified after the flames have swept through, its interior continues to live on.

Cork manufacture

Cork oak forests are referred to as “suberaies” in French, from the Latin name for cork, i.e. suber).

The cork collected from the trunk of the cork oak is used to manufacture corks for the fine wines of Provence. We collect the used corks throughout summer in the framework of our partnership with the association France Cancer.
Cork is also harvested for its insulating properties.

The cork oak harvest is an ancient tradition in Provence and it is often carried out sustainably in order to preserve our cork oak forests. The bark is harvested at regular intervals every nine to twelve years, without damaging the tree itself. This activity is of major cultural and economic importance in the region: it helps to uphold our local traditions and traditional agricultural practises.


Latin name :Quercus Suber
Family :Fagaceae
Genus :Quercus
Color :Green
Origin :Mediterranean
Foliage :Evergreen
Port :Tree
Height :Up to 20 m
Flowering :April - May
Cork oak

Did you know?

Amazingly, the town of La Londe is home to France's two oldest cork oaks and they even have their own names: "Pas du Cerf" and "St Georges"!