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Autumn Royalty® Encore® Azalea

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About Autumn Royalty® Encore® Azalea

Looking for an award-winning blooming shrub for your landscape? Then look no further than the Autumn Royalty Encore Azalea! The Autumn Royalty was voted Azalea of the Year by the American Rhododendron Society, and it earned it! This azalea features large single-form, deeply funneled, magenta-purple blooms that rebloom periodically from spring to the onset of winter.

The initial spring bloom will produce a multitude of gorgeous purple flowers. These flowers coat the Encore Royalty, creating quite a display. However, that’s not it for this reblooming azalea. It’s capable of blooming 3 times a year! Additionally, some warmer zones have the potential for even more.

The Autumn Royalty is a reliably evergreen landscape element. New foliage emerges a delicate light green before maturing to a rich dark green. These leaves are fuzzy, elliptic, and pointed at the tip.

This is one of the larger Encore Azaleas, reaching a mature size of 4.5′ H x 4′ W. At that size, it’s perfect as a low-maintenance hedge, specimen, or accent. Otherwise, try it as a container plant or mass planting. However you use it, you’ll appreciate its high bloom potential and eye-catching flowers.

Autumn Royalty Encore Azalea Care

Hardy in USDA Zones 6a-10b.

Plant in Full Sun for best results. Encore Azaleas need to receive 4-6 hours of direct sunlight or all-day lightly filtered sun. Consequently, too little sun will result in the Encore Royalty having reduced bloom potential.

This purple blooming azalea prefers well-draining, rich garden soil with a slightly acidic pH. Poor draining soil often results 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 rarely need supplementary water.

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

Autumn Royalty Encore Azalea Spacing Recommendations

Space Your Autumn Royalty Encore Azalea 3 feet apart for a seamless planting. Otherwise, plant them 4+ feet apart for gaps between plantings.

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Check out the Encore Royalty’s crazy cousin, the Autumn Twist Encore Azalea!

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

Common Name
Autumn Royalty® Encore® Azalea
Scientific Name
Rhododendron ‘Conlec’
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13 reviews for Autumn Royalty® Encore® Azalea

  1. Simon (verified owner)

    Plant arrived very well packaged, in excellent condition. Only reason it’s not five star is there was a delay in shipping.

  2. Russ O (verified owner)

    The azaleas I received are larger and bushier than I thought they would be. And they are perfectly healthy and beautiful. ‘Better than I expected!! Earlier, I had ordered plants from a different company. “Plants By Mail” is MUCH better.

  3. Brian Laszewski (verified owner)

    I am very satisfied with the azaleas both the Autumn Royalty and Autumn Sangria, however I am not satisfied with a response that was requested and not received from Plants by Mail. The question was when can I expect the azaleas to bloom in PA. versus your location in AL. I know there are variables to consider, but a ballpark estimate for a 3 gal. plant in PA. would answer my question.
    One last comment, do you answer any questions from customers? I believe that the questions to customers is automatically generated by computer programming. I ask this because I previously asked the same question as asked here and did not get a response. My rating is for the plants. Until next time!
    Brian Laszewski

    • Steve

      Hi Brian, we don’t have any bots responding to tickets. We have a customer support rep that works M-F. It looks like you sent a ticket on a Saturday and another ticket on a Monday, which we responded to the Monday ticket since it was the same topic, both of which were concerning when the plants would be shipped. I don’t see any tickets concerning bloom times of Encore Azaleas in PA.

      Most of Pennsylvania is in a zone 6A or 6B. According to the Encore Azalea website, Encores are likely to have sparse blooms or none at all in the spring in zone 6 because soil temperatures have not gotten warm enough. But, you should see a nice bloom in the summer and a good bloom in the fall so long as you’re not seeing an early winter that shocks the plants.

  4. 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!

  5. DM (verified owner)

    The plants are beautiful – arrived with a mass of buds and are blooming now. A great splash of color in a shady area of the yard. Have already sent pictures and a link to your website to family and friends.

  6. Debbie (verified owner)

    Received in excellent condition. Blooming and beautiful.

  7. texaswildflower1963 (verified owner)

    Beautiful, healthy, blooming plants arrived on my porch. So exceptional we packed. I am so very pleased. Can’t wait to order more!!!

  8. Nettie81

    How far apart so I plant them for a hedge?

    • PBM Garden Expert

      For a seamless planting you’ll want to plant your Autumn Royalty Encore Azaleas about 30-36″ apart from center to center.

  9. Isaiah

    I ordered a combination of Autumn Lilac, Autumn Bravo, and Autumn Royalty.. All of the plants arrived quickly, well-packed, and in excellent condition. They looked great right out of the the carton. I’m impressed.

  10. Anonymous

    Arrived in excellent condition and is a great looking plant.

  11. Anonymous

    I am very impressed with the size & condition of the azalea I received. For the price, I wasn’t expecting the plant that I got. I’ve already recommended your website to some of my friends.

  12. Anonymous

    Arrived as promised. Look great. Next challenge will be survival in Western NY winter.

  13. Kristen Armstrong

    I got my plants today. They are perfect. They look better that expected to see with mail order plants! They are going in the ground tomorrow. I’ll be back.

  14. Anonymous

    Big floaty purple petals look like you’re dreaming. i added this purple one to my mostly Autumn Sunset landscape and along with several Autumn Twist -purple and pink multi pattern, it is just stunning right along where guests park in my driveway

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