Along the edges of lakes the ground is often soggy. Some plants like this, some don’t. Birch trees do, and in fact prefer to have wet roots. Hickory and I climbed a gray-barked birch we believe is a Gray Birch, Betula poplifolia.
Unfortunately, Miz Flora didn’t go with us, but she also thinks because the leaves are triangular—and most birch leaves are not—it must be the Gray Birch.
The bark also shows horizontal lines, which are the lenticels, and of course, is a pretty gray color.
Hickory tried to peel it off, but it didn’t budge, which is also true of Gray Birch.