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White Bark but not Birch?

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From: brett barkman
arlington, IL
i have been cutting some trees that a farmer pushed down in a waterway and initially thought they were birch. it seems that every picture of a birch tree is completely white from the bottom to top, these trees have brown bark near the bottom... please help

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Greetings Brett:

Without any pictures to work from, all I can do is supply you with a couple of possibilities: white poplar or quaking aspen.

Sometimes sycamore can have a predominance of mottled, white bark.

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