Southern Living Plant Collection Barberry Orange Rocket Shrub


The Orange Rocket Barberry from the Southern Living Plant Collection elevates gardens to new heights! During spring, young foliage emerges as a vivid coral. This soft foliage matures through Summer becoming an eye-catching scarlet-red. Afterward, it features one more color change before the winter sets in. You’ll see the scarlet-red leaves age to an elegant ruby red. This adds even more vivid red hues to your fall landscape. Like most Barberries, this variety features small sharp thorns on the branches.

Once established, this fast-growing plant proves itself to be quite hardy. It’s also drought tolerant. In fact, its low-water requirements make it perfect for Xeriscape gardens.

It grows in a column-like shape that reaches around 4′ H x 1.5′ W. This vertical growth habit presents unique opportunities in the landscape. Horizontal growth steers the eye over a landscape. Vertical growth gives the eye a reason to pause. This allows the viewer to absorb the colors and textures of the scene presenting itself.

This barberry shines as a border, slope plant, mass planting, or in a container. Mix in a few as accents in a foundation planting. They’ll take your home’s curb appeal to the next level!

  • USDA zones 5-9
  • Mature size 18″ W x 48″ H
  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Deciduous – Foliage loss in winter and new growth in spring
  • Used in containers, landscapes, and as accents
  • Recommended spacing 18 inches
  • Botanical Name – ‘Orange Rocket’ Barberry Berberis thunbergii ‘Orange Rocket’ PP18411
  • Low maintenance
  • Ships dormant winter through early spring
  • Plants are trimmed at times when shipped to promote plant health
  • Average shipping height – 2 gallon 12-14 inches, 5 gallon 16-20 inches


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• Water before planting

• Plant in full sun to part shade

• Dig hole 3X the width of pot

• Backfill and plant 1″-2″ above soil level

• Water and add more soil if needed

• Mulch plants



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