This Encore azalea variety is known for its abundance of radiant bright-pink double blooms that continue to grow all through the summer and fall seasons. And its exquisite blossoms aren’t only attractive to the human eye—the Autumn Empress™ Encore® Azalea shrub is a favorite among the birds, bees, and butterflies!
The Autumn Empress™ Azalea has medium pink semi-double blooms that cascade over its rich dark green foliage and contrasts nicely. In winter, the foliage turns a bronze color. Its beautiful medium pink blooms begin in the spring and then re-bloom in the fall. A vigorous grower, the Encore Autumn Empress™ is upright, dense, and globosely in nature.
Rhododendron ‘Autumn Empress’ Azalea is a dwarf variety and an excellent choice for a specimen plant, small privacy hedge, or screen and adds a burst of color to any landscape. With its small size, you can plant it in any garden bed or foundation planting.
AUTUMN EMPRESS ENCORE AZALEA CARE
The dwarf Autumn Empress™ pink Encore Azalea bush does best in well-drained, slightly acidic soil and prefers partial sun to partial shade. A planting site with morning sun and afternoon shade is best to shield it from the harsh rays and direct full sun.
These light pink azalea bushes can grow across the United States in USDA zones 6-10. This spring-blooming azalea is very cold hardy! It has an upright growth habit and can grow 3-4 feet tall and wide at maturity making it perfect for small planting sites or a good choice for planting around the foundation of a building or home.
Water thoroughly the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. Apply a slow-release fertilizer in early spring to aid in flower production and emerging foliage growth. You can prune Encore azaleas after the first bloom in late spring to shape the shrub to the desired size.
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Check out our Azalea Grow Guide for more information on how to cultivate azalea bushes.
Once your Autumn Empress™ Encore® Azalea Shrub order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.
Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.
No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.
Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.
We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.
Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?
Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.
Growing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.
Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!
Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.
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AUTUMN EMPRESS™ ENCORE® AZALEA CARE:
The Autumn Empress™ Encore® Azalea prefers full sun to part shade, preferably in the afternoon. Five or more hours of direct sunlight is needed for optimum blooms. In hotter climates, morning sun exposure is best, with shaded afternoons so as to prevent heat stress. Azaleas prefer well-drained acidic soils with a PH between 5.5 and 6.5. They are quite drought tolerant, however soil should be kept moist (but not soggy) until established.
Encore® azaleas maintain their form quite well naturally, but selective pruning can help stimulate rejuvenated foliage and tame any leggy growth. Pruning should take place as soon as spring flowers have faded, do not prune beyond early summer or new bud growth could be damaged.
Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is just above the ground level.
Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.
Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.
A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.
To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Autumn Empress™ Encore® Azalea, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!
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Partial Sun / Partial Shade
Mature Width 3-4 ft
Mature Height 3-4 ft
Growing Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 10