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Orange Rocket Barberry

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  • 2.5 Quart
  • 2 Gallon
  • 3 Gallon

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The Orange Rocket Barberry from the Southern Living Plant Collection takes landscapes and gardens to new heights with spicy orange-red foliage and naturally columnar, upright growth!

The Orange Rocket Barberry from the Southern Living Plant Collection takes landscapes and gardens to new heights! During spring, young foliage emerges as a vivid coral. This soft foliage gradually matures through Summer becoming a showy scarlet-red that truly ‘pops.’ Afterwards, the Orange Rocket features one more color change before the winter sets in. You’ll see the characteristic scarlet-red leaves age to an elegant ruby red, adding additional vivid red hues to your fall landscape. With the onset of winter, this deciduous shrub will drop all of its leaves, and wait patiently for the return of warm weather.


Once established, this fast growing plant proves itself to be quite hardy, and is noted as being deer resistant. Additionally, low water requirements make it perfect for Xeriscape gardens.


The Orange Rocket grows in a column-like pattern that traditionally reaches around 4′ tall and 1 ½ feet wide. This naturally vertical growth habit presents unique opportunities in the landscape. While horizontal growth can steer the eye over a landscape, vertical growth gives the eye a reason to pause and absorb the colors and textures of the scene presenting itself.


This barberry shines as a border, slope plant, mass planting, or container. Furthermore, the characteristically bold foliage and vertical habit give this shrub the chance to create unique and interesting contrasts.


Orange Rocket Barberry Care

Hardy from Zones 5-9.


Choose a location in Full Sun to Part Shade for best results.


Plant in well-draining soil. Poorly draining, perpetually wet soil will generally lead to root rot.


Water regularly 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.


How to Plant the Orange Rocket Barberry 

First, dig a hole three times the width of the pot that your plant came in. The hole should be deep enough that the top of the plant’s root ball is even with or slightly above the ground around it. Mix your native soil with some rich garden soil or composted manure to provide additional nutrients for your growing plant. If your soil is clay-rich, we recommend mixing pine bark in with your native soil at a ratio of about 1:1 to improve drainage and soil aeration. Fill the hole back up with your soil mixture. Soak the new planting to help the soil and plant get situated.


Spacing Your Orange Rocket Barberry 

For hedges or mass plantings, plant the bushes 1-1.5 feet apart. For space between shrubs plant 2+ feet apart.


Orange Rocket Barberry Companion Plants

It’s easy to create bold mixed gardens with this plant. Try it with brilliantly colored plants such as the Everillo Carex, the Sunshine Ligustrum, or Lemon Lime Nandina. Check out this mixed container garden project from Southern Living Plants featuring the Orange Rocket Barberry. Additionally, plant it with some darker purple hues like the Purple Diamond Loropetalum or Purple Daydream Loropetalum.


Why Buy Orange Rocket Barberry Plants Online from

We know that 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 and we’ll do whatever we can to make it right.

Pot size

2.5 Quart, 2 Gallon, 3 Gallon

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Evergreen or Deciduous


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3 reviews for Orange Rocket Barberry

  1. Sandra Smith

    Beautiful, colorful shrub. Arrived in good condition. Very satisfied with purchase.

  2. gokay

    awesome plant


    I wasn’t expecting this bush to have thorns…that’s the only surprise other than that, it is beautiful

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