Orange Rocket Barberry
Orange Rocket Barberry
Berberis thunbergii 'Orange Rocket' Plant Patent #18,411Item #6293 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
Vibrant coral-orange new foliage ages to a medium green, then turns ruby red in autumn. This award-winning, compact shrub has a vigorous upright growth habit and improved resistance to rust. Use to brighten the landscape in mass plantings, as a specimen plant, or in a container. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide in 10 years.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:BUR-bur-is thun-BERG-ee-eyePlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:ColumnarGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide in 10 years.Special features:Compact Form, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fall Color, Tolerates Road Salt, Tolerates Urban PollutionFoliage color:RedBlooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.Flower color:YellowPatent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.Companion PlantsBoxwood (Buxus); False Cypress (Chamaecyparis); Potentilla (Potentilla); Spirea (Spiraea); Weigela (Weigela)
- CareCare InformationThrives in average, well-drained soil; avoid poorly drained, wet sites. Best color in full sun. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. No pruning necessary except to maintain desired shape.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:This hybrid plant resulted from cross-pollination conducted by Michal /Andrusiv in a cultivated area of Litomysl, The Czech Republic, in 1995. Cross-pollination was between an individual plant of seed parent Berberis thunbergii 'Aurea' (unpatented) and an individual plant of pollen parent Berberis thunbergii 'Helmond Pillar' (unpatented). It was selected for its unique foliage color and compact, narrow form.Lore:Winner, Best Shrub in the 2010 New Varieties Showcase at the Oregon Association of Nurserymen's Far West Show.