Autumn Sunburst Encore Azalea
Rhododendron 'Autumn Sunburst'
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One of the newest Encore Azaleas, Autumn Sunburst Encore Azalea is a bright highlight in the garden growing compactly and blooming profusely in spring summer and fall.
Its unique blooms are coral pink with white ruffled edges and stand out again the compact dark green foliage. Use this azalea in your landscape or garden as a specimen, accent, low hedge or foundation. The Autumn Sunburst Encore Azalea is also great for planting in large pots either in a mixed container or a standalone. Plant your Autumn Sunburst Encore Azalea in slightly acidic well drained garden soil in an area that receives full to part sun for best bloom performance and fertilize in spring with a slow release granular fertilizer to keep the blooms coming all season long!
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.