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  • Rhodanthemum
  • Argania
    • spinosa   CAG02694

      (Argan)
      Height8m
      Width10m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      The legendary Argan, the seeds of which are the source of the valuable Argan oil.

      Under threat from over grazing and poor management in it's native southern Morocco, it is in actuality very easy to grow, being obscenely heat, drought and cold tolerant, and generally well suited to life in inland and southern Australia, providing some extra attention is paid to drainage in the higher rainfall coastal regions and capital cities.

      Small, glossy, dark green, elliptical leaves crowd stiff woody stems and each obscures a small spine designed to deter predation. It would probably make excellent topiary or hedges, if you would dare disfigure such a noble beast, otherwise it will slowly grow into a small, sprawling, densely crowned tree, gnarly of character, much like an Olive, and quite lovely, especially if under planted with Cyclamen, Galanthus, Amaryllis, Nerine and other mediterranean climate bulbs. On mature trees the insignificant, yellowish flowers are followed by edible, but unpalatable, yellow-green Olive like fruit whose thin flesh conceals the Argan nut.

      Make your own Argan oil or just enjoy as a remarkable and attractive ornamental.

      Deciduous in summer if drought stressed and perfectly happy. Irrigation is unnecessary and probably highly prohibitive to long term survival.

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