Barberries are, in general, pretty tough and offer a wide variety of leaf color. The
newest of forms are the columnar types of shrubs offering a vertical element in the
landscape. These forms of barberry include the Rocket and Pillar series. Each offers
upright, narrow plants in different foliage colors of golden, to red, and orange growing
3’ to 5’ high and not more than 2’ wide. Barberries prefer moist, well-drained soils,
but are adaptable to a wide range of soils and once established can be quite drought
tolerant. Barberry have no serious pest problems, and require very little maintenance
making them excellent for the urban landscape. Grow columnar forms of barberry as
a specimen, in groupings, in shrub borders, and as a foundation planting.
Exposure: Sun to part shade
Soil: Moist, well-drained
Hardiness: USDA Zone 3-8.