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Orange Rocket Barberry

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  • Zones 5 - 9
  • Height 4 Feet Tall
  • Spread 2 Feet Wide
  • Full Sun to Partial Sun

Orange Rocket Barberry, Berberis thunbergii ‘Orange Rocket’, provides a striking focal point in any shrub border. Its unusual upright habit and evergreen foliage make this a fantastic centerpiece for any garden. The bright coral-orange colored foliage in the spring changes to red foliage in the fall.

These shrubs are great planted by itself as a specimen or in a mass planting. We also like to use these as a colorful shorter evergreen hedge or border by planting several next to each other. The columnar habit makes this a fantastic plant for garden planters as a "thriller" and focal point of the container.

Orange Rocket Barberry Care

When planting, be sure to Water regularly until the plant is established. This typically will take 3-4 months. Apply 1 to 2 inches of mulch around the base of the plant to help retain moisture, reduce weeds, and add extra protection against harsh weather conditions. Plant in full sun for best color, although the plant can also grow in partial shade.

Apply a balanced slow release fertilizer each spring for best results. Once established, the plant is drought tolerant and can handle a variety of weather conditions with no issues. The plant does have tiny thorns on it, like most barberry do. So you can use these as a barrier plant too.

Pruning Orange Rocket Barberry

Prune back one third after spring after the plant has flushed out with new growth. This allows you to enjoy the brilliant coral-orange color of the new growth. This helps the plant to maintain compact shape. To rejuvenate older plants, you can remove some of the older stems all the way down to the ground. This allows the new branches to flourish.

Orange Rocket Barberry Spacing

Plant singly as a specimen or in a mass planting, 2 or 3 feet apart, center to center. You may also grow into a hedge by planting 18 inches apart, center on center. Another great idea is to plant these as column intervals to provide depth and height to the garden. Your friends, neighbors and family will surely comment on it once they see it.

Orange Rocket Barberry Plant Facts

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5-9
Flower Color(s): n/a
Bloom Period: Grown for Foliage
Foliage Color(s): Coral to Ruby Red
Light Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
Height: 4 Feet
Spread: 2 Feet
Habit: Upright
Watering: Below Average
Features: Container Planting
Scientific Name: Berberis thunbergii 'Orange Rocket' PP18411
Common Name: Orange Rocket Barberry
Brand: Southern Living Plants

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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 7-10 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Winter to Early Spring

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Fall into Winter

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Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

4 Reviews - Orange Rocket Barberry Show Reviews

  • 5
    red shrubs

    Posted by Kathleen Trost on Mar 23rd 2019

    I wanted to plant some red shrubs around my house that wouldn't lose its leaves. this seemed like a great choice, and really the only option if I wanted that color. I am very happy I bought these and the bushes arrived very healthy. I was able to plant the day after these arrived by fedex. overall very easy to care for after that!

  • 1

    Posted by D Veik on Mar 21st 2019

    I didn't realize these had thorns!. I wouldn't have bought these if I had known that!

  • 5
    as advertised

    Posted by John on Oct 11th 2018

    After reading several other reviews, I was anticipating very small plants arrive. I was pleasantly surprised. The plants are the size they say they are. So no complaints from me. i'm glad I took the risk and ordered. I'll definitely be coming back to buy more. Just need the bank account to grow a little before I do. haha

  • 4
    small plants

    Posted by Alyson on Sep 15th 2017

    Plants were smaller than I thought they would be but were in good shape.