River Birch (Betula nigra Fox Valley®)

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Trade name information:
Trade Name: Fox Valley®
Cultivar name: 'Little King'
General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 6b
Plant Height: 10 to 20 feet
Plant Spread: 10 to 20 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Fruit: Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late spring or early summer
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Dynamic Accumulator: P (Phosphorus)
Wildlife Attractant: Other Beneficial Insects
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Flood Resistant
Salt tolerant
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

two full-grown trees of this dwarf cultivar

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Location: Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, ILDate: 2018-08-23two full-grown trees of this dwarf cultivar
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Location: Mobot, St L. (Missouri Botanical Garden)Date: 2017-08-09
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Location: Birch Collection in Morton Arboretum in Lisle, ILDate: 2017-09-05base of tree showing trunk and bark
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Location: Cantigny Park in Wheaton, ILDate: 2016-07-21under the canopy showing trunks and bark
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Location: Birch Collection in Morton Arboretum in Lisle, ILDate: 2017-09-05old, big, full-grown specimen
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Location: Cantigny Park in Wheaton, ILDate: 2016-07-21full-grown specimen
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Location: near West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2008-06-08a young planted tree
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Location: Birch Collection in Morton Arboretum in Lisle, ILDate: 2017-09-05summer foliage
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Location: downtown Chicago, Illinois near Chicago RiverDate: 2013-08-13group of trees
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Nov 22, 2017 1:58 PM

'Fox Valley' is also known as 'Little King' because it was first discovered and introduced into the trade in the 1970's by Jim King who owned King Nursery in Montgomery, Illinois. That nursery was large and grew a huge variety of different woody plant species and cultivars, and it has moved farther southwest to nearby Oswego, IL, along Highway 34. Chicagoland Grows, an organization of nurseries and arboretums, embraced it in 1991 as a registered cultivar, calling it 'Fox Valley.' It is available at some larger nurseries in the Midwest or the East USA. It is a compact selection that only grows about 10 to 20 feet high and is dense, bushy in form. It can be easily pruned up to expose the pretty trunks of cinnamon-colored peeling bark. Much of the literature speaks of it as only 8 to 10 feet high, but give any dwarf or compact cultivar time, they will grow larger than what nurseries say they will. In time it seems to also become more upright and dropping lower branches. Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL, recommends that this selection is good for USDA Zones 4 to 6, but some other sources say down to Zone 9, but that is definite for the species, not sure of this cultivar.

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