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Autumn Bonfire™ Encore® Azalea

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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

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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

Additional Planting Tips from Encore Azalea

Common Name
Autumn Bonfire™ Encore® Azalea
Scientific Name
Rhododendron ‘Robleza’ PP29770
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Average Size
3' H x 3' W
Bloom Season
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69 reviews for Autumn Bonfire™ Encore® Azalea

  1. Todd (verified owner)

    Very satisfied! Quick delivery and every plant was healthy. Plan on ordering more!

  2. Mark (verified owner)

    Each of the 2 dozen Azalea’s were healthy, beautiful and packaged very well. The delivery was right on schedule. Can’t wait to watch them grow and grow. I will be purchasing more from them in the near future.

  3. J S Weathers (verified owner)

    All 10 Autumn Bonfire Encore Azaleas arrived promptly and in good,healthy condition. Beautiful, ready to plant. Shipping packaging was excellent.

  4. Lynn Frame (verified owner)

    Prompt delivery. Healthy plants In good condition. My third purchase.

  5. Connie Odell (verified owner)

    Plants by mail is not customer service oriented. I will not order from them again

    • Team PBM

      Good morning Ms Odell. I apologize again, but we unable to offer a unlimited warrantees on purchases. We do offer a 30 day warrantee to help against transplant shock and time for our customers to get to know their plants. After this is up to them to keep their plants alive. – Christy

  6. Patricia Callegari (verified owner)

    These are big, healthy plants. Two were showing autumn blooms. I am thrilled with the size and quality of all the plants I receive from Plants By Mail

  7. Teresa (verified owner)

    They arrived safe and sound and in great condition. Already planted and some were already blooming when they arrived!

  8. Thomas DiCarrado (verified owner)

    Excellent quality…

  9. J. Phil White

    I was very pleased with all aspects of this purchase experience. The plant arrived in excellent condition and is thriving.

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