bright yellow flowers against burgundy leaves of the William Penn Barberry red foliage on William Penn Barberry William Penn Barberry shrub colorful leaves of the William Penn Barberry
bright yellow flowers against burgundy leaves of the William Penn Barberry red foliage on William Penn Barberry William Penn Barberry shrub colorful leaves of the William Penn Barberry

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William Penn Barberry

Berberis William Penn

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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The William Penn Barberry is a handsome evergreen shrub that is prized for its colorful foliage, even during Winter. The dark green glossy leaves turn a bright red in Autumn, and if grown in the sun, remain blushed plum-purple until Spring, when a profusion of bright yellow flowers are on display. The William Penn Barberry makes a great low-barrier shrub that can be left to grow naturally or be clipped into a tight, impenetrable hedge with its spiky stems.

William Penn Barberry is a broadleaf evergreen cultivar derived from crossing B. verruculosa and B. gagnepainii. Plant in the full sun to partial shade in well-drained soil. Enjoy its glossy leaves with red-bronze winter color in a shrub border or use a hedge. The thorny stems make it a good choice for a privacy screen or security plant. It is seldom damaged by deer, is drought-tolerant, and tolerates a range of soil types. The texture is medium to fine.


Hardiness Zone: 6-9
Mature Height: 4 to 5 feet
Mature Width: 4 to 6 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
Growzone: 6-9 William Penn Barberry Hardiness Zone 6-9

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