Autumn Bonfire™ Encore® Azalea

Product Description

The Autumn Bonfire™ Encore® Azalea shrub is a repeat bloomer that adds a splash of cultivated color with minimal maintenance—making it the perfect choice for almost any landscape!

The Autumn Bonfire™ Encore® Azalea is a compact, fast-growth azalea that has bright red blooms with darker colored crimson spots. The blooms are true semi-double and single flowers that contrast the bright green foliage. This beautiful dwarf azalea variety is an eye catching statement with its funnel-shaped red blooms that grow from spring until winter.

This blooming azalea is an excellent choice for mass planting or as an accent plant to add a beautiful red burst of color to your landscape or flower bed. It is an evergreen azalea and will keep its green color all year long.

Autumn Bonfire Encore Azalea Care

Grow the Autumn Bonfire Azalea across the United States in USDA growing zones 6-10. This plant prefers 4-6 hours of morning and afternoon full sun with intermittent shade and does best in moist, well-drained soils that have a lower soil pH. Slightly acidic garden soil is best for keeping this true red azalea healthy.

A slow release fertilizer applied annually in early spring will help encourage growth and red flowers on this fast growing dwarf flowering shrub. Apply the fertilizer at the top of the root ball for best results.

The Encore Autumn Bonfire™ is a drought tolerant, repeat bloomer that has a mature height of 3 feet with an equal spread. The Autumn Bonfire Azalea is also pest and disease resistant. It is easy to grow and looks gorgeous in any garden!

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Botanical Name

Rhododendron ‘Robleza’

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Flower Color Red
Foliage Color Dark Green
Mature Height 3 ft
Mature Width 3-4 ft
Growing Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Showy flowers
  • Low maintenance

Shipping Info

Once your Autumn Bonfire™ Encore® Azalea 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.

upside down test

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.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing 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

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.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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The Autumn Lilac™ 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 Lilac™ 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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