This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
I see by the Gardener's Monthly you desire information about the cork oak. I think about 1808 I obtained a can of cork oak acorns through the Patent Office, with the understanding that they came from France.
I planted them and they grew pretty well. I protected them the first winter, after that let them take their chance with a covering of pine branches over them. They were killed a little at the tops. I kept them for three or four winters, but the subsequent winters injured them so much that they died at last.
My place was near St. Clairsville, Belmont Co., Ohio, in latitude about 42°, altitude 495 feet above low water mark, on the Ohio river, the ground a strong limestone. I think this is too far north for the cork oak to grow - that it cannot be protected in the winter on the high lands of this place. I have no doubt from the description given in the Monthly that I had the true cork oak.
[Mr. Harris had the true cork oak. It belongs to the evergreen section, none of which flourish where the winters are cold and dry. A good rule for the cork oak is that it will flourish wherever the live oak (Quercus virens) flourishes, and no where else to any advantage. It is a tree for the South only. - Ed. G. M.]