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Rosy Rocket Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Rosy Rocket'

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Rosy Rocket Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Rosy Rocket'

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Botanical Name

Berberis thunbergii 'Rosy Rocket'

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The Rosy Rocket Barberry is certainly one of the most colorful shrubs you can grow. It begins the year with bright pink stems and leaves, marbled and mottled with deeper pink. As the summer arrives, they turn deeper red, and then in fall they become brighter, with the marbling returning to prominence again. All this happens on a slender, upright plant that will rapidly grow to be 4 feet tall, but never exceed 18 inches in width. Plant it as a dramatic vertical accent in a bed, or in a planter box. Grow it as a slim hedge to protect parts of your garden, or beneath windows. For toughness and ease it’s a winner.

  • Tight column of pink and red foliage
  • Marbled leaves change from pink to deep red
  • Perfect for a slim hedge or a striking specimen
  • Tough, drought-resistant and very easy to grow
  • Hardy in zone 4, so perfect for cold gardens

Plant the Rosy Rocket Barberry in full sun for the best colors, but it will also grow in some light partial shade. This plant can’t be beaten, and it is hardy even in zone 4, yet it grows happily in the hottest zones. It thrives in any soil, from rocky sand to heavy clay, and anywhere that is not constantly damp or wet. All it asks for is well-drained soil. It has no pests or diseases, it is not eaten by deer or rabbits, and it needs just an occasional trim to stay neat and perfect.

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