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Autumn Bravo Encore Azalea

Rhododendron 'Autumn Bravo'

Azalea Autumn Bravo Shrubs pack a powerful punch of rich, true red color. Its glossy, dark green foliage deepens to a saturated purple bronze in winter adding year-round appeal to gardens.

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Azalea Autumn Bravo Shrubs for Sale Online

Autumn Bravo Encore Azalea  Shrubs (Rhododendron 'Autumn Bravo') is a mid-sized azalea growing 4 feet tall by 4 to 5 feet wide. They boast a tremendous display of lush, large 2½-inch true red 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 Bravo Encore Azalea is a great ornamental plant that livens up the landscape with bright colors throughout multiple seasons.


Growzone: 6-10 Autumn Bravo Encore Azalea Hardiness Zones 6-10
Hardiness Zone: 6-10
Mature Height: 4 Feet
Mature Width: 4 to 5 Feet
Classification: Dwarf, broad leaved evergreen shrub
Sunlight: Part shade to filtered sun
Habit: Spreading
Foliage: Light green
Flower Color: Rich, velvety red blooms
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 Bravo Encore Azalea

After purchasing your Autumn Bravo Azaleas, be sure to read our recommended care instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant for years to come.

How do I plant my Autumn Bravo Shrub?

How do I plant my Autumn Bravo Shrub?

We suggest when planting your newly purchased Azalea Autumn Bravo Shrubs plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. A good rule is that you should still see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. Shallow, fibrous root systems will benefit greatly from a mulch (e.g., wood chips, bark, or pine needles) to help retain moisture and stabilize soil temperatures. Adding compost or topsoil will help young feeder roots of Azalea Autumn Fire Shrubs spread through loose, nutrient-rich soil.

How do I mulch Azalea Autumn Bravo Shrubs?

How do I mulch Azalea Autumn Bravo Shrubs?

We highly recommend that you mulch your Azalea Autumn Bravo Shrubs with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any mulch will do, but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they break down. Mulching helps keep weeds away that 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 with mulch. It's better to leave a one-inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant. The azalea is also a plant that will respond well to mulching with pine needles (if available in your area). Doing so will help maintain the acidic condition that Azalea Autumn Bravo Shrubs thrive.

How do I water Azalea Autumn Bravo Shrubs?

How do I water Azalea Autumn Bravo Shrubs?

After backfilling and lightly compacting soil, give the Azalea Autumn Bravo Shrubs a deep watering. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. Check on the plant daily for the first week or so. After the first week, you can check on the plant every other day. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks after planting. Be sure not to water directly at the foliage but rather at the base of the plant near the soil line only. Soaker Hoses can also be used to water when planting a long hedge.

How do I fertilize Azalea Autumn Bravo Shrubs?

How do I fertilize Azalea Autumn Bravo Shrubs?

Azalea Autumn Bravo Shrubs grow best if they are fertilized once in the spring. Autumn Bravo Encore Azalea favors nutrient-rich soil and ample fertilization. When selecting a fertilizer for your Azalea Autumn Bravo Shrubs, use a balanced fertilizer blended for shrubs such as Espoma Holly Tone. It's also good to acidify your soil by using an Espoma soil acidifier once a year. Doing so will maintain the proper environment for your azaleas. Apply in early spring for abundant foliage and blooms.


Additional Information

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.


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