A picture of a Argan Tree

Argan Tree

Argania spinosa

Also known as

Goat-Tree

Argania spinosa by MPF (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

10m

Max

7m

2m

Min

3m

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

The fruit takes over a year to mature, ripening in summer of the following year. It then falls when black & dry, pick up & process. Argan fruits can also be eaten by livestock without hampering oil production as the seeds are not digested & can be recovered in the dung.

More images of Argan Tree

Argania spinosa Fruit
Argania spinosa Open fruit
A photo of Argan Tree

Argan Tree Overview

The argan tree is a thorny tree with black gnarled trunks and dark green oval leaves which are rounded at the apex. This tree is known to live up to 200 years, and is an essential part of its environment in providing for both people and animals as well as preventing erosion and desertification. The oil extracted from the seeds of this tree has played and is still playing an ever-increasing role in the culinary, cosmetic and medicinal applications, not only traditionally in the local Berber society but also on a global level.

Common problems with Argan Tree

Infestation by the Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata).

    How to propagate Argan Tree

    Seed

    Sowing time - Spring/Summer; seeds can be slow and difficult to germinate. Due to the hard shell soaking prior to planting is essential.

    Special features of Argan Tree

    Drought resistant

    It is highly tolerant of drought, high heat, and poor soil conditions.

    Attracts useful insects

    Bees nest in these trees, that are thus a good source of honey.

    Repels harmful insects

    Argan wood is particularly resistant to insects.

    Other uses of Argan Tree

    Food. Cosmetics. Forestry. Medicine. Protection from desertification

    food

    medicine