Argania spinosa – The Tree of life
The Argan Tree (Argania spinosa), also known as Morocco Ironwood, is native to southwestern Morocco. Botanically, Argan is an ancient species from the Tertiary Age, the only member of the tropical Sapotaceae family occurring north of the Sahara and the single species of the genus Argania. This tree can grow up to 10 meters (33 feet) and live anywhere from 125 to 450 years. It takes about 50 years for the argan tree to become mature enough to start producing fruit. The tree does wonders in protecting the area from desertification. Its roots grow deep into the soil in search for water which helps prevent soil erosion.