Berberis thunbergii is a staple in the landscape market, but ‘Orange Rocket’ kicks it up several notches with its vibrant colors and unique habit.
‘Orange Rocket’ is the go-to Berberis for North American consumers. This premium woody will sell well in spring or fall. In spring, foliage emerges a vibrant coral-orange, giving consumers a dose of amazing color when they’re craving something beautiful that chases away the winter doldrums. It ages to a lovely warm burgundy, giving the landscape a costume change of sorts. Then in fall, watch ‘Orange Rocket’ morph into a bright orange-red, an absolute perfect color that matches the season.
‘Orange Rocket’ features a tight, columnar habit. At maturity it typically grows to 4½ feet high and 1½ feet wide. This variety is ideal for both in-ground and container use. Use as a container specimen, place it in almost any landscape setting (as long as it gets sun) or try it as a small hedge. ‘Orange Rocket’ looks stunning when paired with plants with gold foliage.
Consumers will also appreciate that ‘Orange Rocket’ is drought tolerant once established.
This easy-to-care-for shrub is hardy to USDA Hardiness Zone 4. It grows best in full sun, providing the best foliage color. But ‘Orange Rocket’ will grow in partial shade.