Shea (Butyrospermum parkii) can only be found in its natural state in Africa:
in the Sudan and Sahel (North of the Equator). This wild tree,
which usually grows in the wooded savannah zone, can grow as high as 20 meters and reaches its maximum production capacity after 50 years. Each tree produces an average of 15 to 20 kg of fruit (i.e. 3 to 4 kg of kernels) per annum.
With its forests and agroforestry parks, Burkina Faso has a very high production potential, in particular in the southwestern part of the country.