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

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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29 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!

  16. C Miller (verified owner)

    Really fantastic purchase. The plants were packaged in a very thoughtful manner and arrived very healthy and vibrant. Putting on new growth very quickly as well !

  17. Peter C Triano (verified owner)

    Arrived looking bare.. hardly any leaves on the 3 bonfire scrubs.

    • Steve

      Hello Peter, if the plants don’t look like they’ll make it please submit a complaint via our contact us form and we’ll follow up per our 30-day guarantee.

  18. Florence Walker (verified owner)

    Plants received in great shape. They are healthy and growing.
    Very pleased.

  19. Carol (verified owner)

    I purchased 16 of these bushes last year they arrived quickly and healthy, this year as spring, three are dead and the others, don’t look well, I’ve reached out to plants by mail before leaving a review but as of , this time I haven’t heard back, all bushes receive the morning sun and adequate water, other plants and bushes, are healthy in the same area?

  20. Patricia Huber (verified owner)

    Just placed my first order and have not received it yet. But will give a review
    Soon as I receive them.Never heard of plants by mail, but if they are good, I will
    be ordering more. Thank you

  21. Dana McKinley (verified owner)

    Packaged very well and was impressed with how full and healthy the plants looked when they arrived. Way better than expected and as good, if not better, than what I would expect to get locally. Can’t wait to see these bloom and see the colors pop! About half of them arrived with blooms and one is really showing off after about 2 weeks in the ground. They are a small variety but make a great addition to the front of our mass planting.

  22. Lori Schuyler (verified owner)

    I am very happy with my azaleas. All 5 arrived intact and after spending one week in my garden in their pots I put them in the ground and now they are happy too–all have red blooms.

  23. Scott (verified owner)

    Plants came very health, well packaged, and on-time. Currently thriving in their new home on the Cumberland Plateau!

  24. Karen R McKoy (verified owner)

    My flowers had to travel a great distance to get to me and I am very pleased with their arrival. They were still moist the leaves were perfect, and they are a great attraction for my added foliage in my SheShed area. I will certainly purchase from you guys again. Thanks.

  25. Phyllis Copley (verified owner)

    I ordered 3 of another Encore azalea that were beautiful when they arrived and 1 of this 3 gal. size. It arrived fast, green, lush with many buds. Planted right away and the buds are now beginning to open. Can’t ask for any better service or quality plants than I received from Plants By Mail. The price was great also. This is definitely where I will come for any further plants I need for my yard. Thanks guys.

  26. Robert Hawthorne (verified owner)

    Very nice plants. Healthy and doing exceptional since planted a few weeks ago!

  27. Jill (verified owner)

    The Autumn Bonfire azaleas were the healthiest plants I have ever planted! They were absolutely gorgeous when we took them out of tthe box. They had lush, deep green foliage. Would definitely purchase again!

  28. Marco Salita (verified owner)

    Autumn Bonfire Encore Azalea may be my favorite variety of Encore Azaleas! This arrived well packaged and in great condition. I planted this right into a container pot I had ready to go to match 3 other Autumn Bonfire’s I purchased in Spring. I have already had a few blooms with this azalea! I look forward to seeing this grow and provide amazing colorful blooms!

  29. Sofia (verified owner)

    Just recieved 2 of Bonfire azaleas. They came fast to NJ, 3 days. Packaging was great, very secure, The plants looked very healthy, had some blooms on them. I made sure to give them lots of water to reduce their stress. And cannot wait for their planting day in 5 days.

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