‘Orange Rocket’ Barberry – by Steve Huddleston
Here’s an award-winning, easy-care deciduous shrub with colorful foliage that makes a striking addition to any landscape.
The foliage of ‘Orange Rocket’ starts out as a vibrant coral or orange in the spring, ages to medium green or even holds its orange color in the summer, and then turns a rich ruby color in the cooler weather of fall. These colors make ‘Orange Rocket’ very noticeable in the landscape.
It is one of many plants in the Southern Living plant collection (www.southernlivingplants.com).
What you’ll want to know…
• Scientific name: Berberis thunbergia ‘Orange Rocket’
• Family: Berberidaceae, or barberry family (along with mahonias, nandinas and our native agaritas)
• Native to: Japan
• Size: 48 in. tall and 18 to 24 in. wide
• Hardiness Zones: Zone 5-9 (all of Texas)
• Sun preference: Full or partial sun
• Soil preference: Amended clay, loam, sandy and silty soils with pH 6-7.5
• Requires good drainage, but does best with uniform moisture (not dry)
• Fertilizer requirements: annually in spring with turf-type, high-nitrogen food with half of nitrogen in slow-release form
• Pruning: Is naturally compact.
Should require only occasional trimming to remove errant branches.
• Landscape uses: Border, hedge, massed planting, or single specimen. Also as “thriller” plant in large patio pots.
• Combines well with junipers, Sunshine ligustrums, ornamental grasses, yuccas, and lantanas.
• Warning: Stems have small spines (as do most barberries).