Birch is native to the savannahs of tropical Africa. To observe it in full, you have to lift your head because it reaches 20 meters in height. With exceptional adaptability, Birch can grow in any soil, although it thrives especially well in rich, moist soils. It consists of a brown bark that turns white over time, with light foliage. It is a tree that blooms all year round, revealing pretty yellow fragrant flowers. In spring, it bears round, scaly fruits.
A flammable and rot-proof tree, Birch was essential for lighting a fire after rains, and was used as a lining in shoes to protect against the cold.
All parts of the Birch can be used: the leaves, bark, sap and buds.
In cosmetics, its bark is used for its anti-ageing benefits. Its cultivation in Burkina Faso is part of an Ecocert certified sustainable development approach.