Golden Rocket Barberry

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Need a golden columnar shrub for a tall impact without the wide footprint? The Golden Rocket Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Golden Rocket') is just your new feature planting! Golden Rocket shoots straight up into a narrow showy spire of bright yellow foliage!

Pale yellow, little bell-shaped flowers appear in spring, they're not the show and are sometimes hard to see. Just follow the steady stream of fat bumblebees, native bees, and butterflies and you'll find them! The birds will be next to arrive because those diminutive blooms are followed by bright red berries in fall! These can persist through the winter if songbirds don't snatch them all up.

This upright-growing deciduous shrub can top out at around 5 feet in height, but only spreads into a slim 1-2 foot wide width! This Barberry is great for growing in USDA planting zones 4-9. Deer, pest, and disease-resistant, these shrubs are a dream to grow!

Landscape Application:

Like all Barberry, Golden Rocket has spines or sharp edges along the stems so use caution when handling, but go ahead and create a screening hedge around your pool or property to keep unwanted trespassers or prying eyes out! Not only will the pokies keep invaders out, but it also makes Barberry high on the deer resistance list.

Since Golden Rocket has a naturally upright growth habit and is very space-saving, it can also be used as a hedging plant in those tight squeezes - along the side of your home or a pathway (just keep it pruned cleanly so you don't snag your clothing!), or as a golden backdrop to your other landscaping beds! We're sure the gilded foliage will set off your Rosebushes, flowering shrubs, and perennials beautifully!

Use this plant in tall containers for porch and patio punctuation, as thrillers in mixed or formal planters, as pops of colors among a mixed shrub border, or as showy focal points when used in small groups, and lawn specimen plantings! Try mixing Golden Rocket with its cousin the Orange Rocket Barberry!

  • Golden Yellow Small Round Foliage
  • Upright-Growing Stems With Small Spines
  • Tiny Yellow Flowers & Berries
  • Space Saving Vertical Color!
  • Hedges, Privacy, Screening, Containers & Vertical Pops Of Color

#ProPlantTips for Care:

For the best color, plant Golden Rocket in full sun, but it will tolerate partial shade, as well. Like many plants, it needs well-drained soil. If you see puddles in your planting site after rain, you'll want to improve the drainage. Add 18 - 24 of soil in a mound, then plant in that mound like a raised berm.

When your plants are young, give them moderate amounts of water regularly to help their roots get established in your soil. Give young plants water if you have an extended drought. After the first few seasons, it will become tolerant of drought.

The stems can be thinned out in late winter so the plant maintains a tidy form or is left to grow naturally, both will look great! You can shear these plants after the pollinators have had their fill, especially if you want to reduce the number of berries. If you dont want to deprive your birds of their fall feast, and since these shrubs flower on old wood, try shaping and resizing by way of renewal pruning instead. uses Plant Sentry™ to limit the sale of any plant into an area where it may do a bit 'too well', protecting you and your environment!

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Any Well-Draining Soil
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Prune/Shear After Flowering
  • Deer, Pest & Insect-Resistant
  • Protecting Your Environment With Plant Sentry™

Golden yellow, columnar, and insect, disease, and deer resistant! If you are looking for a low-maintenance, hardy plant, you can hardly do better than the Golden Rocket Barberry! Hurry and order yours today at!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Golden Rocket Barberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Berberis thunbergii 'Golden Rocket'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 5 feet
Mature Spread 1 - 2 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Yellow
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering