Azalea Encore© Autumn ‘Sunburst’




Repeat blooming, increased heat and sun tolerance, increased cold hardiness—this is the Encore series of azaleas! Once the expected springtime bloom is over, sit back and enjoy a repeat bloom in the summer and fall. Encore Autumn Sunburst creates a soft and romantic look in the garden with its coral pink petals, white ruffled edges, and evergreen foliage. Like all Encore azaleas, Autumn Sunburst blooms best in full sun, but it will still deliver dependable spring bloom with slightly less robust summer/fall bloom if planted in shadier locations. Its compact size, heat tolerance, and cold hardiness make it one of the best all-around choices for azalea lovers everywhere. It requires acidic, well-drained soil, late winter/early spring fertilizing, and regular watering to create year-round color and interest in your garden.

Features & Benefits

  • Lovely bicolor pink and white blooms
  • Spring, summer, and fall bloom time
  • Dark green evergreen foliage for 12-month interest
  • 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: 3’
  • Plant Width: 3–5’
  • 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