Japanese Barberry Red Berberis thunbergii Orange Rocket

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Berberis ‘Orange Rocket’

Berberis thunbergii

The award-winning Berberis thunbergii ‘Orange Rocket’ is a compact, upright growing deciduous shrub with small red leaves that turn a ruby red in autumn. Early summer, pale yellow flowers are followed by small, crimson red berries.

Plants have passed the USDA Cereal Rust Disease Trials in MN. This variety has been added to the Federal Register as an approved cultivar.

Foliage hues intensify in fall, making ‘Orange Rocket’ light up the landscape in mass plantings, as a specimen plant, or in a container.

Origin: Czech Republic

Description / Plant Notes:

  • USDA Zone 4
  • Hard pruning is important at the early stages
  • At 3 years, 1.6′ – 2′ tall

Patent Status: PP 18,411

PK Sheet
USDA Zone: 4 - 9
Height: 46 to 51-inches
117 to 130-centimeters
Spread: 12 to 16-inches
30 to 41-centimeters
Foliage Colors: Coral-orange
Light Levels: Full-Sun
Growth Habit: Upright
Usage: Containers, Garden border, Gardens, Hedging, Landscapes, Mass landscape planting, Pots, Privacy screen
Patent Status: PP 18,411
Origin: Czech Republic

Grower Culture

Media: Well-draining media
Water: Well-Drained to Moderate
Crop Timing from Rooted Liners:
1-gallon: 27 to 52-weeks with 1 ppp
3-gallon: 78 to 104-weeks with 1 ppp