Autumn Starburst™ Encore® Azalea Shrub

Product Description

The gorgeous Autumn Starburst™ Encore® Azalea Shrub puts bursts of color into your landscape twice a year!

With two bloom times during early spring and early fall, it is not hard to fall in love with this easy growing shrub. Explosions of coral flowers splashed with white accents will load this evergreen shrub during the bloom periods. The bi-colored flowers have white ruffled edges, are single to double in size, and measure up to 2.5 inches wide. The Autumn Starburst Azalea has dark green foliage that lines the branches all year long.

Plant the Rhododendron Autumn Starburst in the landscape as small privacy screens, single specimen plants, in clusters of 3-4 for pops of color, or grow it in containers to maintain a small desired shape. The Encore series of azaleas are known for their repeat blooms and low maintenance qualities. The flowers attract pollinators like bees and butterflies.

Autumn Starburst Encore Azalea Care

Grow this Encore Autumn Starburst across the United States in USDA grow zones 6-9. The mature size is up to 3-4 feet tall and wide and is perfect for small garden spaces. Azaleas prefer planting sites with partial sun to partial shade. A spot with morning sun and afternoon shade is best.

The Azalea Encore Autumn Starburst fancies slightly acidic soil that is well draining and rich with nutrients. Fertilize annually with a slow release fertilizer in early spring for best results and to aid in flower production. Be sure to water the plants well the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. A thick 2 inch layer of mulch is recommended to help retain moisture.

Deadhead spent flower blossoms to encourage new growth. Prune after the first set of flowers finishes blooming to shape the shrub to the desired size. Pruning azaleas too late in the year will risk cutting off next year’s blooms.

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Botanical Name

Rhododendron 'Autumn Starburst'

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

Shipping Info

Once your Autumn Starburst™ 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.

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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Care

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.

PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS:

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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