Current Location:
Building C (DEV) -> 1st Floor (DEV; C)
Location Notes:
DEV; Building C; 1st fl., University Club

The Cork Tree

Artwork
Identifier:
2000.389.1h
Artist:
John Miller
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Print
Date:
1776
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 10 in Width: 8 in
Description:
Black and white sketch of Cork Tree leaves and seeds.
Historical Context:
The Cork Oak (Quercus suber) is a medium-sized, evergreen oak tree that is native to southwest Europe and northwest Africa. The tree forms a thick, rugged and corky bark containing high levels of suberin (a waxy substance that is a main constituent of cork). Over time, the cork cambium layer of bark can develop considerable thickness and can be harvested every 9 to 12 years to produce cork. The harvesting of cork does not harm the tree and a new layer of cork regrows, making it a renewable resource.