Azalea Encore© ‘Empress’




The Encore Azaleas are what you want when spring-only blooms are not enough! This azalea series features the dependable springtime bloom extravaganza with repeat bloom in the summer and fall. And if your garden is more sunny than shady, Encore Azaleas are ideal for you, too. While they will bloom more abundantly in the fuller sun, if you have part sun or part shade conditions, you can expect the greatest bloom in the spring with more sporadic summer and fall flowering. Encore Autumn Empress shines with the perfect shade of pink in a semi-double bloom along with dark green leaves that turn a lovely bronze shade as the weather cools. Its compact size, heat tolerance, and cold hardiness make it one of the best all-round choices for azalea lovers everywhere. Tend to its needs of acidic, well-drained soil, late winter/early spring fertilizing, and regular watering and you’ll be treated to a year’s worth of spectacular garden color!

Features & Benefits

  • Double blooms in a vivid pink shade
  • Spring, summer, and fall bloom time
  • Green foliage that turns bronze in the winter
  • Compact size is ideal for smaller gardens and container gardens, or mass planting in woodland gardens
  • Moderate growth rate
  • Moderate drought tolerance once established
  • Cold hardy, heat tolerant, and disease-resistant
  • Pollinator magnet

Care & Space

  • Plant in full to partial sun
  • Plant Height: 4’
  • Plant Width: 3’
  • Growth Habit: Nicely rounded shape
  • Plant in acidic, well-drained soil and water consistently as plant is getting established.  Fertilize with a balanced slow-release fertilizer in late winter or early spring. Lightly prune after blooming is complete.
  • USDA Zones 6b–10b