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About Autumn Bonfire™ Encore® Azalea

The 2017 addition to the Encore Azalea Collection is the new, bold and beautiful, Autumn Bonfire! The Autumn Bonfire Encore Azalea produces bright clear-red blooms that stand out boldly against the dark green evergreen foliage. These Azaleas can rebloom up to three times per year; in spring, summer, and fall.

Although its blooms are reminiscent of the Autumn Fire Encore Azalea, the Encore Bonfire’s foliage does not change color like the Fire. Instead, it preserves its bright green foliage all year long. Moreover, the Autumn Bonfire is larger than the Autumn Fire, reaching 3 feet high and 3.5 feet wide.

This red flowering azalea features a faster growth habit than other dwarf azaleas. Therefore, it will make itself at home in your landscape faster than most other reblooming azaleas.

Try this Encore Azalea as a foundation planting at the foot of your house. Alternatively, use them as a reblooming hedge. The frequent blooms will provide a unique twist compared to a conventional hedge.

Plant them in a container for a fantastic burst of color that will perform for years to come. Additionally, the Autumn Bonfire is a great choice as an accent or specimen.

Autumn Bonfire Encore Azalea Care

Hardy in USDA Zones 6-9.

Plant in Full Sun for best results. Pick a location in your landscape where this Azalea will receive 4-6 hours of direct sunlight or all-day lightly filtered sun. Consequently, too little sun will result in the Encore Bonfire having reduced bloom potential.

This red blooming azalea prefers well-draining, rich garden soil with a slightly acidic pH. Furthermore, poorly draining soil will eventually result in root rot.

Water regularly after planting, 2-3 times per week during average weather conditions. However, increased water will be required in times of intense heat and drought. After a growing season or two, your plant will be established enough to rarely need supplementary water.

Fertilize your Autumn Bonfire Encore Azaleas in spring with a slow release Acidic Fertilizer to keep the blooms coming season after season!

How to Space Your Autumn Bonfire Encore Azalea 

Space your Autumn Bonfire Encore Azalea 2.5 feet apart for a seamless planting. Otherwise, plant them 3.5+ feet apart for gaps between plantings.

Average Shipping Sizes:

 

1 Gallon – 5-8 inches wide X 6-10 inches tall

2 Gallon – 8-12 inches wide x 10-14 inches tall

3 Gallon – 10-14 inches wide x 12-16 inches tall

Supplementary Reading:

How and When to Fertilize Encore Azaleas

When Do Encore Azaleas Bloom?

When to Prune Encore Azaleas

The Encore Azalea Buyer’s Guide

More About the Autumn Bonfire

Additional Planting Tips from Encore Azalea

Common Name
Autumn Bonfire™ Encore® Azalea
Scientific Name
Rhododendron 'Robleza' 'Bonfire' PPIP
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15 reviews for Autumn Bonfire™ Encore® Azalea

  1. gina.dusterhoft (verified owner)

    Product came dry with most of the flower petals dead. I dead headed the flowers and am trying to save the 3 plants.

    • PlantsbyMail Customer Service

      After receiving this review, customer was contacted and plants were replaced.

      Be sure to contact us if you have a problem with your order!

  2. mjdidona (verified owner)

    Received within a week. Size, color and vigor of these plants is spectacular. Very impressive. I have never ever seen plants packaged as well as these. Have ordered 7 different Encore azaleas and will review after planting.

  3. Cindy P. (verified owner)

    Just purchased 7 of these beauties. Arrived in a few dayd, well packed and moist soil. Minimal wear to the plants after packing and shipping. I couldn’t have got them home from the nursery in better condition. Plants by mail is now my Go-To nursery!!!

  4. sleeb5 (verified owner)

    Most beautiful healthy plants I have ever received online! Ever!

  5. gmckenna (verified owner)

    Shipping was very fast – arrived flawless – excellent job plants by mail !

  6. smelton (verified owner)

    Ordered and received 29 Encore azaleas (gallon size). All arrived in beautiful condition. The packaging and the quality of these plants is amazing, I will definitely will be a repeat customer.

  7. gmckenna (verified owner)

    second order on these – one arrived damaged by UPS – rest were perfect – one was immediately replaced

  8. Donnielle (verified owner)

    Received my beauties on 23 March 2019 in EXCELLENT condition, packaging was superb!!! However, when I planted them on the 26th (I had to work three 12 hour shifts) the root balls of all 6 completely fell apart (this is the reason for the rating!! Hopefully they will survive the transplant.

  9. Scott (verified owner)

    Had a cold spring Received before real thaw, plants were blooming. Plants kept in basement had a little water shock. After getting outdoors, and in permanent locations plants thrived. Blooms just stopped-since arriving. Mid march-mid june with blooms. Plants have almost doubled in size and the 1 or 2 i thought had shock from too much water are coming along nicely as well Highly recommend these plants and the company.

  10. D.M. (verified owner)

    Plants arrived correct,healthy,good quality,packed safely for shipping.Special thanks to HortTube.

  11. Lee Butler (verified owner)

    Received Autumn Bonfire Encores and they are just beautiful! Thanx, again!

  12. scottmb417 (verified owner)

    Just a follow up. Plants are in containers and have passed through the most dangerous part of the winter nicely. Even though it has been fairly mild for New England, the first half of winter had normal cold and snow.

  13. penalouis (verified owner)

    Over the years I’ve bought 3 different varieties of Encore azaleas. I got 3 of the BONFIRE variety and they’ve been fine after 2 years. I have an EMPRESS that’s been thriving after 6 years which has a phenomenal flower output. The BONFIRE color is beautiful and I hope the flower output improves to match the EMPRESS.

  14. John Lavery (verified owner)

    All 6 arrived in good shape. I was out purchasing Miracle Grow for planting at Home Depot and found the same plants in the good shape for almost half the price. I landed up buying a few more.

  15. Karin Traylor (verified owner)

    I bought two of these last fall. One arrived in better condition than the other. One has since died, and the other is barely alive. I would love to have two more, but I am uneasy about ordering. All my other azaleas are beautiful and healthy. Not sure what the problem was/is.

    • Steve

      Hi Karin, feel free to reach out to us with details on where you planted your azalea: include details like if it gets morning or afternoon shade, if it’s planted under any trees, etc. You can email us at [email protected] and we’ll try to help you solve this!

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