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Orange Rocket Barberry
Berberis thunbergii 'Orange Rocket'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone >

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5a, where this Barberry is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

A new hybrid Barberry introduction, Orange Rocket is rocketing onto the landscape scene. 

Orange Rocket Barberry was awarded Best Shrub for 2010, for good reasons. When grown in full to mostly sun, it has a tight missile-shaped habit, ultimately reaching 6 to 8 feet in height but only 2 feet in width in ten years. Plants have vibrant coral-orange new foliage that matures to mid-green by mid-summer and then back to a deep, vibrant orange-red in fall. In early summer, pale yellow flowers are followed by small, crimson red berries that do not set viable seed.



Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing to 6-8 feet tall and 2 feet wide, Orange Rocket Barberry is useful as a colorful accent or specimen, in groupings, or as a natural hedge in landscape borders and home foundation plantings. It's high drought tolerance makes it an ideal choice for the Xeriscape (low water needs) garden. 

Orange Rocket Barberry combines well with sedums, junipers, ornamental grasses, yucca, and other drought tolerant plants that thrive in sun and well-drained soil.

Spacing Recommendations:  1-2' for solid hedges, 4'+ for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Barberry are exceptionally easy to grow when planted right and in the right spot. They prefer a well-drained soil and all the sun you can give them. Coloration is more intense with more sun. As with so many other ornamental landscape shrubs, barberry does not like a constantly soggy or wet soil. We've seen no insect or disease problems. When established, plants are very drought tolerant, requiring supplemental irrigation only during prolonged periods of summer drought.



Helpful Articles

Click on the link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant, fertilize, prune and water Barberry shrubs.




Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity:  6-8'
Width at Maturity:  2'
Spacing:  1-2' for hedges, 4'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright, Columnar
Growth Rate:  Moderate to Fast
Flower Color:  Yellow
Flower Size:  1/8" 
Flowering Period:  Summer
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Orange In Spring, green in Summer, Orange-Red in Fall
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  Yes
Berry Color:  Red
Sun Needs:  Full Sun, Mostly Sun, Part Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Low Once Established
Soil Type:  Clay (Amended), Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained
Soil pH:  6.0 - 7.5 (Acid to Moderately Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  None, Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Insect



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