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Care of the plant Argania spinosa or Argan Tree.

Care of the tree Argania spinosa or Argan Tree

The genus Argania, family Sapotaceae, includes a single species of tree native to Morocco: Argania spinosa.

Common names: Argan Tree, Spiny Argania, Morocco Ironwood.

They are evergreen trees or shrubs with a rounded crown and a rough trunk with thorns that reach 6 meters (19.68 feet) in height. The small leathery leaves up to 4 cm (1.57") long are oval, dark green in color and have a rounded apex. The small greenish flowers have no ornamental interest. They bloom in spring. The fruits are 4 cm (1.57") long, they resemble olives but are not edible; Argan oil is obtained from the fruits.

They are used as isolated specimens, to form impenetrable barriers and as pioneer plants on dry and sunny slopes. Its wood is also used in cabinetmaking.

The Argania spinosa needs full sun exposure and a hot, dry climate. It resists light frosts.

They grow in well-drained soils whether they are poor, sandy or stony.

They are very drought-resistant plants that need moderate watering, waiting for the substrate to dry completely.

They do not need fertilizer or pruning.

They are trees resistant to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated from seeds sown in spring.

Images of the tree Argania spinosa or Argan Tree

Argania spinosa
Argania spinosa