• orange rocket barberry foliage transforms into a bright red in the fall
  • Orange Rocket Barberry stands out when planted in a garden.
  • A close up of the vibrant coral color of the Orange Rocket Barberry.
  • close look at orange rocket barberry after the rain

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Orange Rocket Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Orange Rocket'

This shrub is simply stunning. With foliage that grows in coral-orange, aging to green and then changing again to ruby red in the fall, the 'Orange Rocket' Barberry is sure to standout in your garden. I suggest planting it in mass plantings, as a specimen, or even in a container.

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Orange Rocket Barberry Shrubs for Sale Online

The Orange Rocket Barberry provides a statement piece for your garden every Fall. The vibrant foliage that ages from coral-orange to green in Spring and Summer turns a bright ruby red in Fall, making it a standout. This award-winning, compact shrub has a vigorous upright growth habit and improved resistance to rust. Plant this deciduous shrub in mass plantings to brighten up the landscape or as a specimen plant. These also look great when planted in containers!

About Your Orange Rocket Barberry

Easy to Care for 'Orange Rocket' Barberry Shrubs

The 'Orange Rocket' Barberry is not only striking, it is also easy to care for. This shrub has a vigorous upright growth habit that makes it perfect for planting in mass plantings or alone as a specimen. Water weekly (or more if in extreme heat or planted in a container) and plant in partial to full sun. Best yet - it doesn't require pruning, only to keep your desired shape!


Growzone: 4-9 Orange Rocket Barberry Hardiness Zones 4-9
Hardiness Zone: 4-9
Mature Height: 4 to 5 feet
Mature Width: 2 to 3 feet
Classification: Broad Leaved deciduous shrub
Sunlight: full sun to partial shade
Habit: Columnar
Flower Color: inconspicuous
Foliage: orange-coral new growth, green at maturity, ruby red in Autumn
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil
Water Requirements: Water well until established.
Uses: Use as a vertical feature or to add color to the mixed border.

Additional Information

Acer palmatum has been cultivated in Japan for centuries and in temperate areas around the world since the 1800s. The first specimen of the tree reached England in 1820. When Swedish doctor-botanist Carl Peter Thunberg traveled in Japan late in the eighteenth century, he secreted out drawings of a small tree that would eventually become synonymous with the high art of oriental gardens. He gave it the species name palmatum after the hand-like shape of its leaves, similar to the centuries-old Japanese names kaede and momiji, references to the ‘hands’ of frogs and babies, respectively. For centuries Japanese horticulturalists have developed cultivars from maples found in Japan and nearby Korea and China. They are a popular choice for bonsai enthusiasts and have long been a subject in art. Numerous cultivars are currently available commercially and are a popular item at garden centers and other retail stores in Europe and North America. Red-leafed cultivars are the most popular, followed by cascading green shrubs with deeply dissected leaves. Preparations from the branches and leaves are used as a treatment in traditional Chinese medicine.


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