• flowers on the azalea autumn twist shrub are white with pinkish purple stripes and spots
  • azalea autumn twist produces white and purple striped blooms

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Autumn Twist® Encore® Azalea

Rhododendron 'Conlep' PP12133

Autumn Twist Azalea blooms in the spring, summer and again in the fall. Great for use as a foundation shrub or can be kept trimmed as a small hedge.

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Azalea Autumn Twist for Sale Online

Autumn Twist Encore Azalea provides year-round interest in the landscape with its deep pinkish-purple blooms lasting spring into fall and dark green evergreen foliage that takes on purplish hues in the winter. 

Azalea Autumn Twist Shrubs are one of the most cold-hardy Encore Azaleas and reach 4 feet in height and width. Having a medium growth rate, this repeat bloomer makes a great foundation plant.

This new variety possesses a unique blooming time and is superior in development. A site sloping to the north or east is usually best because it is less subjected to rapid temperature changes in late fall or early spring; needs wind protection.

Filtered sunlight is ideal, but morning sunlight is best; plants may survive continuous shade if trees have branches pruned high. Protection from the afternoon sun may also be given by fences, shrubbery, or screens. After flowering, new shoots appear and develop additional flower buds, resulting in both a summer (late July) and a fall bloom (sometimes to frost).


Growzone: 6-9 Autumn Twist® Encore® Azalea Hardiness Zone 6-9
Hardiness Zone: 6-9
Mature Height: 4 feet
Mature Width: 4 feet
Classification: Upright, broad leaved evergreen shrub
Sunlight: Part shade to filtered sun
Habit: Upright
Foliage: Dark green turning purple in winter
Flower Color: Purple, single
Pruning Season: Pruning not needed
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil
Water Requirements: Water well until established
Uses: Extremely attractive when used as in the mixed border, or containers

How to Care for Autumn Twist® Encore® Azalea

Be sure to read our planting instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant for years to come!

When should I fertilize Autumn Starburst Azalea Shrubs?

When should I fertilize Autumn Starburst Azalea Shrubs?

Autumn Azalea Shrubs bloom multiple times throughout the year, so you want to make sure and fertilize at optimal times to feed your azalea right when it needs it and no more. We recommend fertilizing either at the first signs of spring or right after the spring cycle of blooms is complete. It's better to fertilize earlier in the year than later, even though the Majesty Azaleas will bloom again for you in the fall since they are sensitive when it comes to fertilizer. They like their soil to have some acidity, and they benefit from fertilizers that provide just the right balance of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium.

How Often Should I Water My Azalea Shrub?

How Often Should I Water My Azalea Shrub?

Azaleas prefer a well-hydrated environment, but they cannot sit in water for long periods. Water that does not drain away will cause root rot. Depending on how quickly or slowly your soil drains water will determine how frequently you should water your Azalea, as well as sun exposure and seasonal heat. When you first plant your azalea, give the ground a long, healthy watering. Then, for the next few days, check the soil daily to see how quickly or slowly it begins to feel dry. When the top inch of the soil (about the length to your first knuckle) is dry to the touch, then water for a 5-second count for each gallon-size your plant arrived. A 3-gallon pot will need a 15-second count when watering, etc. This way you can keep your azalea happy and avoid the risks of overwatering.

Should I Mulch My Autumn Twist Azalea Shrub?

Should I Mulch My Autumn Twist Azalea Shrub?

We highly recommend that you mulch your Autumn Twist Azalea Shrubs with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. It's better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant. This is also a plant that will respond well to mulching with pine needles (if available in your area). This will help maintain the acidic condition that Autumn Azalea Shrubs thrive in.

What is the Right Sun Exposure for my Azalea?

What is the Right Sun Exposure for my Azalea?

Autumn Azaleas bloom in the spring and again in the fall, but having the proper sun exposure for your azaleas will ensure that all of their bloom cycles are full and spectacular. While they can handle full sun and will be OK in partial shade, making sure they get about 4 to 6 hours of sun will help encourage those iconic fluffy fuchsia blossoms multiple times in the year. That means they are in morning light on a north-facing wall or in the filtered shade on a south or west-facing garden would work. East-facing landscapes will often provide the softest balance of light, depending on where you live.


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