The Fox Valley River Birch planted in the landscape as the green leaves transition to a bright yellow fall color
A container grown Fox Valley River Birch covered in dark green leaves
A singular dark green, tear drop shaped leaf of the Fox Valley River Birch
The Fox Valley River Birch planted in the landscape as the green leaves transition to a bright yellow fall color
A container grown Fox Valley River Birch covered in dark green leaves
A singular dark green, tear drop shaped leaf of the Fox Valley River Birch

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Mature Height: 15' tall
  • Mature Width: 15' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 12-15' apart



  • Slow growing dwarf River Birch with a maximum size of 15' tall by 15' wide
  • Fox Valley has the same beautiful peaches-and-cream exfoliating bark as the Heritage River Birch
  • Dark green leaves that turn a brilliant yellow in fall
  • Easy to grow and excellent disease resistance
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Fox Valley® River Birch

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Betula nigra 'Little King'

Regular price $375.00
In Stock - Ships in 2 to 3 weeks
Shipping included
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Why the Fox Valley® River Birch?

Fox Valley® Dwarf River Birch is a pint-sized cutie unlike any Birch tree you’ve ever seen.  Growing only 10 feet tall and 12 feet wide after 15 years, this rare but easy-to-grow specimen tree fits into any landscape, large or small. Plant it in a small island bed in your front yard, in your entryway garden, near your back patio, or in the border along your property line. You can even plant Fox Valley (a.k.a. ‘Little King’) in that low spot in your yard to soak up extra water, though this adaptable tree doesn’t need wet soil to thrive. Plus, it has all the assets of the “big boy” River Birches—flaky, peaches-and-cream bark, golden fall color, and excellent disease resistance!

Fox Valley® traces its origins back to the late 1970s, when it appeared in the nursery of Jim King of Oswego, Illinois. However, the tree remained a well-kept secret for many years. In 1991, the plant introduction group Chicagoland Grows® finally got the word out about this great little tree. At last—a River Birch for the small property! It was an immediate hit, and continues to be a popular choice for homeowners looking for a compact specimen with year-round appeal. You may also find this tree listed as ‘Little King.’

How to use in the landscape?

Planting this foxy specimen will bring you some attention! Fox Valley River Birch is a smaller Birch that is low maintenance and very adaptable to various soil conditions. Dark green leaves turn brilliant yellow in fall. Brown male catkins and green female catkins appear in spring. The best part? The classic exfoliating bark appears at an early age. Plant them in groupings in large lawns; in borders or in damp areas along ponds and streams.

Why Bower & Branch?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

- Trusted, Experienced Growers

- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise

- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.

We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 4-9

    Mature Height: 15' tall

    Mature Width: 15' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade

    Spacing: 12-15' apart

How To Plant

Fox Valley River Birch is easy to grow and you can plant them in practically any sunny location, just make sure the soil is not extremely dry. Fox Valley will brighten your cool, autumn days. No major pest or disease problems, plus River Birch is very resistant to bronze birch borer, a major pest of many birch.

How To Water

Water twice weekly for the first 3-5 weeks; then water weekly for the remainder of the year until winter. When you water, water slowly and thoroughly. You cannot over water a River Birch in the summer and remember, your River Birch will be extra thirsty in its first summer. Watering needs may be altered due to extreme weather conditions.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

How To Prune

Over time, Fox Valley® develops into a mushroom-shaped tree with a dense canopy.  You may want to thin some of the branches to give the tree a more graceful habit. Pruning is best done in summer, as cuts will “bleed” when the sap is flowing. Bleeding doesn’t really harm the tree, but it looks quite distressing. Prune out no more than 15 to 20 percent of the canopy at one time. Fox Valley® is otherwise as easy to grow as any River Birch—that is, a piece of cake!

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zones: 4-9\


How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

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If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

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