Azalea Encore© Autumn ‘Ruby’




The Encore series of azaleas strikes again! This time with a charming yet elegant dwarf variety called Autumn Ruby. As with all azaleas in the Encore series, Autumn Ruby explodes into springtime bloom with vivid ruby red petals, then repeats the flowering in the summer and fall seasons. This variety is a true dwarf one from the size of the plant to the size of flower and packs a powerful punch in the process. Evergreen leaves provide interest and shape in the winter months, making Autumn Ruby a 12-month stunner. While Autumn Ruby flowers best in 46+ hours of sun a day, in shadier conditions it’ll still provide repeat bloom but in a more sporadic pattern. Its true 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 brilliant garden color!

Features & Benefits

  • Dainty 1.25” ruby red flowers
  • Spring, summer, and fall bloom time
  • Dark green evergreen foliage for 12-month interest
  • Dwarf 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: 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