The name of this berberis kind of gives it away, given the rosy pink and white tinted young leaves (which later mature to reddish purple) and the rocket-resembling upright columnar habit. Rosy Rocket? Yes, we get it. Yellow flowers in spring are followed by red berries, so there's plenty to keep you interested. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 3 to 4 feet. 2 litre pot.


Berberis species hail from all over the world, but Rosy Rocket is a variety of B. Thunbergii, which is from Japan. Barberry is the common name - for once the common and Latin name are not too dissimilar! The stems bear thorny spines which make this shrub suitable for growing as a protective barrier, perhaps as a low hedge.

Rosy Rocket appeared on the scene some ten years ago and is one of the Rocket series which also includes Orange Rocket and Golden Rocket, all characterised by their upright columnar habit. They were developed by Czech grower Michal Andrusiv, who is something of a berberis specialist, being responsible for quite a few other introductions in this genus, including the Dream series.

Plant care - prune after flowering, lightly all over and cutting back one in three stems lower down to encourage new growth.

Here is a brief - and rather out of focus - video featuring the shrub in question:

Berberis Rosy Rocket is a hardy upright shrub with mottled pink foliage maturing to reddish purple and yellow flowers suitable for sun or semi-shade.

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