Number of years a cork oak tree must grow before it can be “stripped” of its bark (for cork stopers) the first time. Thereafter bark for corks can be removed every nine or ten years. Cork trees are not cut down when the bark is stripped and many cork oak trees live to be 150 to 200 years old. Portugal is the leading producer of corks worldwide.

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