Azalea Encore© Autumn Fire




The Encore series of azaleas gives azalea lovers enhanced features to enjoy all year long. As with traditional varieties, Encore azaleas deliver that extraordinary bloom in the spring but with repeat flowering in the summer and fall. They’re also sun-loving, blooming more abundantly in 4–6+ hours of full sun a day. But no worries—they will still bloom in partial shade, but with more sporadic frequency in the summer and fall months. Encore Autumn Fire creates instant drama with its rich red color in a semi-double form and evergreen leaves that turn a lovely shade of purple-bronze in the winter for that year-round interest. Its compact size, heat tolerance, and cold hardiness make it one of the best all-around 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

  • Rich 2.5” red blooms
  • Spring, summer, and fall bloom time
  • Dark green foliage that turns purple-bronze in the winter
  • Compact size is ideal for smaller gardens and container gardens, or mass planting in woodland gardens
  • Moderately slow 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: 2.5’
  • 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 6a–10b