Argan Oil is derived from the fruits of the Argan tree (Argania Spinosa). The Argan Tree (Argania spinosa), also known as Morocco Ironwood, is quite a thorny evergreen tree that grows up to 10m high. Its life span is said to be anywhere from 125 to 450 years and the tree may not come into full production until it is 40-60 years old. . Newly planted groves are not just a valuable gift to the next generation, but they will help in the battle against encroaching desertification right now. Because of this in 1999, UNESCO added the Argan Tree to the world heritage list.The trees can cope with low rainfall and only needs 100 to 200 ml (4 to 8 in). It has the ability to be dormant in drier times and will regenerate when the rains come again. It will also regenerate after being coppiced. Coppicing is the cutting down of trees in its relative dormant season once in a while. If this coppicing is done with sufficient knowledge of species and local conditions, the tree will respond by growing new shoots from its roots botanically, Argan is a relic 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. The exact location of this remarkable tree is in the Souss Plain, the Anti-Atlas and the High Atlas Mountains of south western Morocco up to an elevation of 1500m or 4920 ft. The shade thrown by the tree helps to maintain important pasture grasses which might disappear altogether without such protection due to the drying effects of the sun to the thin soil.