There is a beautiful grove of white barked trees that don't appear to be birches along the marsh at the back end of Mom and Dad's farm in Wisconsin. The creek that runs through the marsh is a part of the headwaters of the Milwaukee River, or so I've been told since childhood.
Buds on this tree look like pussy willow buds, fluffy and with a reddish scale-like covering.
The trees are tall and stately. At first I thought that they are cottonwoods but now I'm not sure. I spent a few minutes trolling the Internet for some help. Anybody out there got any ideas? Birch? Willow? Poplar? Sycamore?
Wanda Hayes Eichler