Berberis thunbergii Orange Rocket
Berberis thunbergii Orange Rocket
Japanese Barberry

Berberis thunbergii Orange Rocket



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This compact, spiny shrub has an upright habit that makes it perfect for hedging, but Orange Rocket is really remarkable for its chameleon changes of colour. The stems are a rich, dark red/brown and in summer the shrub is covered with small, scented yellow flowers which go on to produce bright red fruits in late summer.


A good shrub for year round interest, Orange Rocket is one of the easiest to grow of the deciduous barberries. The leaves emerge a rusty orange in spring, change to green in summer and turn a glorious orange/red in autumn. This fiery shrub is also attractive to pollinators.

  • Flowers: April - June
  • Hardy
  • All soil types
  • West or South aspect
  • Full sun or partial sunlight

Will tolerate most conditions but colour change and berries are improved by full sun. Prune after flowering to retain shape.