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Fox Valley® Dwarf River Birch

Betula nigra 'Little King'

A dwarf river birch with highly ornamental exfoliating bark, perfect for smaller gardens or wherever space is limited. Excellent pest and disease resistance, and heat tolerance. Ideal in minimal-care landscapes, where the compact, low-branching form works as an accent or in groups to create a natural hedge or screen. Deciduous.
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Keep soil moist to wet.

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Botanical PronunciationBET-ew-luh NY-gruh
LoreBetula nigra 'Little King' reportedly does not produce catkins (flowers) as most birch trees do.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall and wide in 10 years.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage and bark.
Design IdeasPlant this highly useful small, broad tree where a miniature form of this widely popular landscape tree is desired. Situate where the highly textured bark character can be viewed, exhibiting colorful patterns of cinnamon-red and pale salmon on trunks and main branches.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Rustic
Growth HabitVase-Shaped
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseHedge, Privacy Screen
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureAttractive Bark, Easy Care, Fall Color, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsKeep soil moist to wet.
Companion PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea); Japanese Spurge (Pachysandra); Sweet Flag (Acorus); Sweetspire (Itea); Clethra (Clethra); Artemisia (Artemisia)

Thrives in deep, loamy, slightly acidic, moist but well-drained soil amended with sand or gravel, but highly adaptable. Water deeply, regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; once established, maintain evenly moist soil. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-10

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