Autumn Fire Encore Azalea

Rhododendron 'Autumn Fire'

Growzone: 6-9

Autumn Fire Encore Azalea is a dwarf azalea that packs a powerful punch of rich, true red color with semi-double velvety blooms. Its glossy, dark green foliage deepens to a saturated purple bronze in winter adding year round appeal to gardens. 

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1 GAL $32.95
3 GAL $53.95

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Autumn Fire Encore Azalea is a dwarf azalea growing 2½ feet tall by 3 feet across which boasts a tremendous display of lush, large 2½-inch true red semi-double blooms in the spring. Additional flushes of blooms develop in the summer and again in the fall. The attractive evergreen foliage also provides year round seasonal interest with its glossy, dark green coloration during the growing season that darkens to a saturated purple bronze during the winter months. Autumn Fire Encore Azalea is a great ornamental plant that livens up the landscape with bright colors throughout multiple seasons. This reliable shrub provides ornamental value in the landscape for numerous years. With its multi-seasonal landscape appeal, and reliable performance, Autumn Fire Encore Azalea is a great choice for borders, mass plantings or in attractive patio containers.

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History and introduction of Encore Azaleas:

Invented by plant breeder Robert E. "Buddy" Lee of Independence, La., the evergreen Encore® Azaleas enjoy more sun than traditional azaleas, but offer the same easy care. Lee first envisioned Encore Azaleas in the early 1980's when he found a tray of azalea cuttings blooming in the summer sun at his small Louisiana azalea nursery. Inspired, he began crossing traditional spring-blooming azaleas with the rare Taiwanese summer-blooming azalea, Rhododendron oldhamii. Robert E. “Buddy” Lee is the Director of Plant Innovations at Plant Development Services, Inc. Buddy is one of the most respected plant breeders and horticulturists in North America, with over 30 years’ experience in nursery management, breeding, propagation and new plant development. Buddy is one of the most respected plant breeders and horticulturalists in North America, with over 30 years’ experience in nursery management, breeding, propagation and new plant development. He is active in numerous organizations, including the Azalea Society of America, the International Plant Propagators Society, and the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association. In 2000, the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association recognized Buddy Lee’s significant contribution to the industry by presenting him with a Professional Achievement Award; and in 2007, the Azalea Society of America awarded him the Society’s Distinguished Service Award.