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.
In reference to the article by Mr. J.JaySmithin another column, we give the following piece of information from the Semi-Tropical, a newsy magazine from Florida.
"The cork tree, (quercus suber,) is a most beau-ful shade tree; an evergreen oak much resembling the live oak of the Gulf States. It is a native of Spain and has been cultivated in many parts of the world. It flourishes in England and Ireland; one tree, near Cork, in Ireland, having obtained a diameter of over three feet, while some in England are still larger. Large orchards of it have been planted in California, and many trees are found in other parts of the United States. It is admirably suited to the Southern States; will withstand, as in England, exceeding cold. It should be cultivated, not only for its cork, which is its bark stripped off every few years without injury to the tree, but as a shade tree for the Middle States, where it would equal the live oak in beauty. Its acorns are very plentiful and make one of the best masts for hogs, and its cork may be stripped every few years for several hundred years, as experience has shown."