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Mark A. Miller
BETULA nigra 'Little King'(FOX VALLEY)
Little King River Birch
Little King river birch, also marketed as the Fox Valley birch, is a handsome multi-stemmed, fast growing tree that is native to the central United States. Its most notable ornamental feature is its beautiful peeling bark that appears in mixed shades of rust-orange and brown. Like other birches, it has elongated catkins, which appear in spring, and its medium-green leaves turn a dirty yellow in the fall. One problem with river birch is its tendency to drop many fine branches on the ground, especially after storms.
A dwarf selection perfect for wet sites, 'Little King' can tolerate locations with drier soils. Its small size makes it useful in a foundation planting or mixed border. This species is more tolerant of heat than other birches and is resistant to birch borers.
9 - 1
4 - 9
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
10'-14' / 3.0m - 4.3m
12'-14' / 3.7m - 4.3m
North-Central United States, Central United States
Wet Site, Pollution, Soil Compaction
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Green, Light Green
Yellow, Light Yellow, Tan
White, Copper, Tan, Sandy Brown, Ivory, Slate Gray
Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Shade Trees
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