Berberis thunbergii 'ROSY ROCKET'®

Berberis thunbergii
Berberis thunbergii 'ROSY ROCKET'®
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL WIDTH 0.3-0.4m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES varigated:pink and burgundy red
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full to partial sun
SOIL TYPE any (acidic to alkaline)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
Hedging plants
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We are proud to present a few novelty barberries bred in the Czech Republic by Michal Andrusiv in Litomyšl. Rosy Rocket® is a cross between barberry varieties Aurea and Helmond Pillar. It was patented in the USA in 2006 under PP18,413 and its reproduction without license is prohibited.

Rosy Rocket® barberry produces soft pink leaves mottled burgundy red as they emerge, and changing to overall burgundy red as they mature, while new, variegated leaves keep coming up at the top of the shrub. They are deciduous. Another eye-catching feature is the coral pink-red colour of new twigs. Like other barberries its branches have short spikes.

It grows strictly upright, slowly, forming a dense and compact shrub about 1m tall and 30-40 cm wide in 6-8 years. Thanks to its unique colour it will look great planted among green- or yellow-leaved shrubs, or as a specimen in its own container. Pruning is good for young plants to achieve good branching at the base, and becomes non-essential later. It likes almost any soil type apart from boggy, and does best in full sun or partial shade. Fully hardy to approx. -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Last update 28-01-2012

Berberis thunbergii
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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