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Orange Rocket Barberry

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$19.98
  • Young foliage emerges orange and becomes an eye-catching scarlet-red
  • Matures to 1.5' wide by 4' tall
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 5 - 9
  • Plant in full sun to part shade
  • Cannot Ship to ME, MN, NY or PA
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Description

The Orange Rocket Barberry from the Southern Living Plant Collection elevates gardens to new heights! During spring, young foliage emerges as a vivid coral. This soft foliage matures through Summer becoming an eye-catching scarlet-red. Afterward, it features one more color change before the winter sets in. You'll see the scarlet-red leaves age to an elegant ruby red. This adds even more vivid red hues to your fall landscape. Like most Barberries, this variety features small sharp thorns on the branches.

Once established, this fast-growing plant proves itself to be quite hardy. It's also drought tolerant. In fact, its low-water requirements make it perfect for Xeriscape gardens.

It grows in a column-like shape that reaches around 4' H x 1.5' W. This vertical growth habit presents unique opportunities in the landscape. Horizontal growth steers the eye over a landscape. Vertical growth gives the eye a reason to pause. This allows the viewer to absorb the colors and textures of the scene presenting itself.

This barberry shines as a border, slope plant, mass planting, or in a container. Mix in a few as accents in a foundation planting. They'll take your home's curb appeal to the next level!

*The Orange Rocket Barberry is a deciduous/semi-evergreen plant and will go dormant during the winter months. When this plant is ordered during the Fall/Winter expect seasonal foliage decline(discoloration, spots, leaf drop) or the plant to arrive completely dormant.*

This product can not be shipped to the following locations: HI, GU, AK, IN, MA, ME, NY,PR, VI, VT

Orange Rocket Barberry Care

It's hardy from USDA Zones 5-9 once fully established. At that point, it can withstand temperatures between -20° and -15° Fahrenheit. It will lose all of its leaves for the winter after a couple of hard freezes. New leaves will emerge in spring.

Choose a location in Full Sun to Part Shade for best results. At least 3 hours of direct sunlight is important for your plant to grow.

It handles sandy to poor to rich quality soils as long as it is well-draining. Soggy soil with poor drainage generally leads to root rot.

Water 2-3 times per week for the first few months after planting. This will allow it to establish deep roots, where it will be able to draw water in times of drought. After establishing itself, though, the Orange Rocket Barberry needs little supplementary water.

Winter Care

This is a very cold-hardy plant. It requires little supplementary winter care above the ground once it goes dormant.

Gardeners in colder zones should consider mounding a few inches of mulch at the base of the plant. This protects the roots over the winter. Be careful to ensure that the mulch isn't resting against the trunk of the plant, as that can lead to rot.

If your plant begins to flush with new growth in early spring watch out for unexpected freezes. If this occurs, cover your plant overnight with a tarp or blanket. New growth is susceptible to frost damage.

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Frequently Asked Questions

"Is the Orange Rocket Barberry Evergreen?"

No, there are both deciduous and evergreen Barberries, but this variety is deciduous. So, it will drop all of its leaves, and wait for the return of warm weather. On the plus side, this means it's able to handle cold better than many evergreen plants. The bare branches also create an intriguing winter-scape texture feature.

"Does it have thorns?"

Yes, most varieties in this species have small sharp thorns. We recommend wearing gloves when removing them from their pots. There is a good side to this, which we will cover in the next frequently asked question.

"Are they Deer Resistant?"

Yes, they are! This is where those little thorns come into play. If you're a deer looking for a snack, would you want a mouthful of sharp thorns? Certainly not, and deer feel the same way. For this reason, this is one of the most deer-resistant plants around.

Why Buy Orange Rocket Barberry Plants Online from PlantsbyMail.com?

It's our responsibility to pick and ship healthy plants to your front door. And we take this responsibility very seriously. Our plants are well-rooted in their pots and ready to take off in your landscape. If you're not happy with your order when it arrives, contact us! Reach us at 1-866-618-5659 or send us an email at info@plantsbymail.com and we'll do whatever we can to make it right.

Care & Use

Getting Started: Understanding Your New Plant

Review your plant's information on our website or the tag that comes with it. Be mindful of sunlight preferences, soil type, and spacing needs.

Our plants are adaptable but grow best in the correct USDA Zones. Click here to learn more about your USDA Zone.

Planting Instructions

Dig a Hole

First, dig a hole three times the width of the root ball of your plant. This makes it easier for the root system to spread out quickly. Dig the hole deep enough that your plant will sit level with or slightly above the ground around it.

Amend Your Soil

Mix your native soil with rich gardening soil to provide extra nutrients and support plant growth. If your soil is clay-heavy, we recommend mixing your native clay soil with equal parts of Pine Bark mulch to improve drainage and the overall breathability of your soil.

Place Your Plant

Examine the roots. If they appear tightly bound, gently coax them apart; this ensures they can spread into the new soil. Place your plant in the hole so the top of the rootball is even with the surrounding soil—Backfill around it with the amended soil mixture. The roots need access to oxygen for your plant to thrive, so do not cover the rootball; place soil around it.

Mulch Your Plants

Top the soil beneath your plant with 3-4 inches of mulch to help it retain moisture. Be careful not to cover the rootball - your new plants roots need access to oxygen.

Water Your Plant

Soak the plant with a hose afterward to hydrate the plant, as well as get the soil and mulch situated. Develop a regular watering schedule based on your plant's needs and local weather patterns. Remember, over watering is just as, if not more, harmful than under watering.

Spacing Recommendations

Spacing Recommendations

  • For hedges or mass plantings, plant each bush 1 foot apart. This will create a seamless mass of orange and red foliage. In winter, you'll have a dense group of seasonal dormant branches.
  • For space between shrubs, plant them 2+ feet apart. This is good for mixed garden beds where you want a plant's shape to shine through
  • Scientific Name
    Berberis thunbergii 'Orange Rocket' PP18411
  • Hardiness Zone
    5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Sun Exposure
    Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Evergreen or Deciduous
    Deciduous
  • Features
    Deer Resistant, Disease Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Dwarf, Fast Growth, Heat Tolerant, Sun Loving, Winter / Fall Foliage Color
  • Feature Color
    Green, Orange, Red
  • Uses
    Border, Container
  • Water Needs
    Medium
  • Bloom Season
    None

Growing Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9

Map of USDA Zones 5-9
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A collection of shrubs, trees, and perennials selected by plant experts to thrive in the heat of the South. Find traditional varieties like camellias mixed with new landscape favorites like agapanthus. These varieties have been bred to tackle landscape challenges specific to the region.

2 Gallon Orange Rocket Barberry for sale with red, orange and green leaves in a vertical growth habit in a brown Southern Living Plant Collection pot on a white background
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Orange Rocket Barberry

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The Orange Rocket Barberry from the Southern Living Plant Collection elevates gardens to new heights! During spring, young foliage emerges as a vivid coral. This soft foliage matures through Summer becoming an eye-catching scarlet-red. Afterward, it features one more color change before the winter sets in. You'll see the scarlet-red leaves age to an elegant ruby red. This adds even more vivid red hues to your fall landscape. Like most Barberries, this variety features small sharp thorns on the branches.

Once established, this fast-growing plant proves itself to be quite hardy. It's also drought tolerant. In fact, its low-water requirements make it perfect for Xeriscape gardens.

It grows in a column-like shape that reaches around 4' H x 1.5' W. This vertical growth habit presents unique opportunities in the landscape. Horizontal growth steers the eye over a landscape. Vertical growth gives the eye a reason to pause. This allows the viewer to absorb the colors and textures of the scene presenting itself.

This barberry shines as a border, slope plant, mass planting, or in a container. Mix in a few as accents in a foundation planting. They'll take your home's curb appeal to the next level!

*The Orange Rocket Barberry is a deciduous/semi-evergreen plant and will go dormant during the winter months. When this plant is ordered during the Fall/Winter expect seasonal foliage decline(discoloration, spots, leaf drop) or the plant to arrive completely dormant.*

This product can not be shipped to the following locations: HI, GU, AK, IN, MA, ME, NY,PR, VI, VT

Orange Rocket Barberry Care

It's hardy from USDA Zones 5-9 once fully established. At that point, it can withstand temperatures between -20° and -15° Fahrenheit. It will lose all of its leaves for the winter after a couple of hard freezes. New leaves will emerge in spring.

Choose a location in Full Sun to Part Shade for best results. At least 3 hours of direct sunlight is important for your plant to grow.

It handles sandy to poor to rich quality soils as long as it is well-draining. Soggy soil with poor drainage generally leads to root rot.

Water 2-3 times per week for the first few months after planting. This will allow it to establish deep roots, where it will be able to draw water in times of drought. After establishing itself, though, the Orange Rocket Barberry needs little supplementary water.

Winter Care

This is a very cold-hardy plant. It requires little supplementary winter care above the ground once it goes dormant.

Gardeners in colder zones should consider mounding a few inches of mulch at the base of the plant. This protects the roots over the winter. Be careful to ensure that the mulch isn't resting against the trunk of the plant, as that can lead to rot.

If your plant begins to flush with new growth in early spring watch out for unexpected freezes. If this occurs, cover your plant overnight with a tarp or blanket. New growth is susceptible to frost damage.

Popular Companion Plants

Frequently Asked Questions

"Is the Orange Rocket Barberry Evergreen?"

No, there are both deciduous and evergreen Barberries, but this variety is deciduous. So, it will drop all of its leaves, and wait for the return of warm weather. On the plus side, this means it's able to handle cold better than many evergreen plants. The bare branches also create an intriguing winter-scape texture feature.

"Does it have thorns?"

Yes, most varieties in this species have small sharp thorns. We recommend wearing gloves when removing them from their pots. There is a good side to this, which we will cover in the next frequently asked question.

"Are they Deer Resistant?"

Yes, they are! This is where those little thorns come into play. If you're a deer looking for a snack, would you want a mouthful of sharp thorns? Certainly not, and deer feel the same way. For this reason, this is one of the most deer-resistant plants around.

Why Buy Orange Rocket Barberry Plants Online from PlantsbyMail.com?

It's our responsibility to pick and ship healthy plants to your front door. And we take this responsibility very seriously. Our plants are well-rooted in their pots and ready to take off in your landscape. If you're not happy with your order when it arrives, contact us! Reach us at 1-866-618-5659 or send us an email at info@plantsbymail.com and we'll do whatever we can to make it right.

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