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Autumn Sunburst® Encore® Azalea

(48 customer reviews)

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About Autumn Sunburst® Encore® Azalea

The new Autumn Sunburst Encore Azalea is an azalea you won’t regret planting! The Encore Sunburst produces bicolor coral pink blossoms with soft white edges. These gorgeous flowers emerge in greatest numbers during a massive initial spring bloom. Afterward, they will produce 2-3 more slightly smaller reblooms before the onset of winter. With warmer zones having the potential to see even more bloom cycles!

The Autumn Sunburst Encore Azalea produces glossy and rounded oval leaves. This bright green foliage remains evergreen all year long. Therefore, your landscape will never be bare with this azalea!

Use this pink and white blooming azalea in your landscape or garden as a specimen, accent, low hedge or foundation. Furthermore, it shines in container plantings, whether as a mixed container or a standalone.

With a mature size of 3 feet H x 3.5 feet W, this azalea is perfect for low-maintenance gardeners.

Autumn Sunburst Encore Azalea Care

Hardy from USDA Zones 6a-10b. Provide some winter protection for the Autumn Sunburst during its first couple growing seasons to help ensure survival.

Provide 4-6 hours of direct sun daily to ensure maximum blooms. Filtered sun all day can work, however, be sure that enough light is coming through. If not, you will not have as many blooms.

Plant the Autumn Sunburst Encore Azalea in well-draining acidic soil for best results. Azaleas are prone to root rot, so be sure that your soil has good drainage to ensure long-term success.

Water regularly for the first growing season. 2-3 waterings per week is generally sufficient, with increased frequency needed in times of high heat and drought. During this establishment period, check regularly to ensure that your plants are neither drying out or staying soggy.

Fertilize with an acidic plant fertilizer in spring once the threat of frost has passed. Moreover, regular fertilizer applications will help to encourage increased blooming and growth.

Autumn Sunburst Encore Azalea Spacing Recommendations

For seamless foliage, plant your Autumn Sunburst Encore Azaleas 2.5 feet apart. Otherwise, plant them over 3.5 feet apart for space between plants.

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Check out a few other popular reblooming azalea selections, the Autumn Fire Encore Azalea, Autumn Bonfire Encore Azalea, and the Autumn Angel 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

48 reviews for Autumn Sunburst® Encore® Azalea

  1. Andrew (verified owner)

    Last September I bought 24 1 gallon Sunbursts. They arrived two days later and were extremely healthy. They were very petite, compact. One year later they are amazing! They are the size of a three gallon azalea, maybe larger. We used lots of our homemade compost, the fertilizer sent with the bushes, soil acidifier and iron. This summer they are bright green, sprightly, well developed. They remind me of little ballerinas with their tulle skirts. So beautiful!

    I’ll give facts I wanted to know: These Sunbursts are planted in western VA, zone 6b, on a western bank by a macadam driveway. They get all afternoon and evening sun. This location got a lot of wind during the winter and it got to -5* This summer it’s been up to 100*. It’s been very dry the past three weeks so I have thoroughly soaked the “soil bowl” they sit in once a week. I’m deeply disappointed that they are out of stock this fall as I wanted to extend them farther out on the bank. Hopefully more will arrive in stock.

    • Steve

      Hello Andrew

      We’re glad these are working out for you. We have a crop of 300 1-gallon Autumn Sunburst with an estimated ready date of October 1st. Be sure to check back around then. October will be a prime time to plant Encores.

  2. J Webb (verified owner)

    Very healthy plants arrived packaged well and are now in the ground looking great. Very pleased with our order.

  3. R. Sparks (verified owner)

    Beautiful azalea, protected by great packaging, arrived when promised.

  4. Rolf Margenau (verified owner)

    Azaleas arrived perfectly packaged and in excellent condition. Still wet and delivered a few days after my order. This will be my first stop when ordering plants in the future.

  5. John (verified owner)

    The azaleas arrived quickly, were extremely well packaged and were much healthier than anything I have purchased either locally or online. I couldn’t be happier – and will definitely purchase from Plants By Mail again!

  6. Bonnie Hand (verified owner)

    I am so happy to have ordered 5 encore azaleas online. My plants were so well protected by careful packing. All plants were healthy and green with a few blooms to showcase their beauty. All azaleas are planted in a side garden and I can’t wait to enjoy their re- blooming throughout 2023. Ordering and shipping was a breeze. Will definitely order again.

  7. Ron Stauffer (verified owner)

    PLANTS MY MAIL IS AMAZING, and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM. I have been purchasing mail order plants for 50 years, and these azaleas that I received were totally awesome. In fact, this is one of the best places that I have ever bought plants from. The plants were LARGE, VERY healthy, super well packed, and fast shipping. You won’t find a better mail order place to get your plants conveniently delivered to your door.

    • Team PBM

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  8. Patti (verified owner)

    I’m a repeat customer. Ordered a azaleas to redo a bed in front of my house. Azaleas arrived safely and were packaged so well. No broken branches!!! Wish UPS was as careful with my plants as Plants By Mail was!!!

  9. Kim Nedelka (verified owner)

    I bought 2 of these azaleas. They were healthy and wonderful looking plants right out of the box. As of a month later, they are both repeat blooming! Very nice.

  10. Dawn

    Plants looked good upon arrival and have thrived in our yard.

  11. Cheryl Pedersen (verified owner)

    Overall, I have ordered 5 plants. I only ordered 1 plant the first time to check the service and plant health before ordering more. All 5 plants arrived well packaged and healthy. One in my last order of 4, did have a few broken stems. I planted it at the end of my row, just in case it didn’t make it. To my surprise — it has recovered and looks just as healthy as the others. I am looking forward to when they bloom.

  12. Jack Kuykendall (verified owner)

    Plants arrived in great condition and are healthy. Service and delivery time was excellent. Too soon for blooms since I have planted them but I anticipate they will be beautiful.

  13. Mary Alice (verified owner)

    If you want to call a reaction to your defensiveness and tone rude , go ahead. I did not find your behavior to be concerned or professional. Apparantly, you cant keep track of your customers in a professional way either. No, I’m not confused about where I made the purchases, but you are confused about your records. I cannot help that. I received beautiful, healthy, alive plants, but they were not the correct size for what I paid for. Speaking of attitudes, you were already decided that I was in the wrong before you looked at the photos I sent. I asked to speak to your superior, and you refused, saying you were the owner. As you can see below, I am not comparing sizes with another vendor. Incidentally you wouldn’t tell me the standard for your sizes. Frankly, I wouldn’t take your advice on anything, but I’m wondering why you assume I have been making purchases with It’s easy to project your own attitude onto someone else when you need to insist you are right about something before actually showing sincere concern for the person who is providing you business,. The call did end in disappointment, not rudeness, over your treatment of a customer. Telling you I would expect better treatment toward a repeat customer and that I would not do business there again, is not rude. It’s factual.

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  14. Mary Alice Ismail (verified owner)

    The encore azalea is beautiful. The service was not. I was charged for a 3-gallon plant but it was a 2-gallon plant. It was no bigger than the previous 2-gallon plants I ordered. I asked them to give me the measurements for a 2-gallon versus 3-gallon plant, and they wouldn’t do it! I was a customer before but not anymore. They were decided they were right before I actually sent them photos of the plants. The plants filled half or less of the 3-gallon bucket, and they were small. This is poor treatment of a regular customer.

  15. Larry Grunewald (verified owner)

    Plants arrived in great condition and are taking root in our garden. Can’t wait to see the blooms this fall!

  16. Terri McClure (verified owner)

    The plants were well packaged and arrived in great condition. The plants looked very healthy and pretty.

  17. Jeanne S Smith (verified owner)

    this plant arrived in such wonderful shape and no issues. the packing was perfect. Living in Texas, cannot wait to see how it thrives here. thank you!

  18. Diane (verified owner)

    Arrived in great shape and blooming!

  19. Anita (verified owner)

    Awesome! It came with buds and now has more. I will enjoy it a lot.

  20. bsoupsr (verified owner)

    Arrived today full of blooms. Very pretty plant and a nice contrast to the Autumn Fire blooming next to it. Packing was excellent and plants arrived in great shape despite a 2 day delay by Fed Ex.

  21. Sofia (verified owner)

    Beautiful plant! Very pretty flowers. It came well packaged,moist and juicy green. Thank you , guys!

  22. Jason Wallen (verified owner)

    This was a hard color to find as we needed one to match an existing one in our landscaping. This plant shipped fast and was packaged well.

  23. Mary (verified owner)

    These are beautiful azaleas. They came fast and healthy and are already blooming. Very happy with this ourchase.

  24. Don Russo (verified owner)

    I echo the other 5 star reviews. I am very happy with the azalea I purchased.

  25. Encore Azaleas are great for San Diego County (verified owner)

    Arrived in very good condition.

  26. Liliana Wells (verified owner)

    I couldn’t be more pleased with my azalea. It arrived very quickly, even though I had been told it was on back order. It was packaged perfectly to protect the plant and instructions were clear on how to plant it. I would recommend Plants by Mail to anyone. I love their website and the fact they sell Encore Azaleas through the mail.

  27. Diane Hein (verified owner)

    The azaleas were beautifully packaged. They are in the ground and I can’t wait till Fall to see the the beautiful color on the azalea.

  28. Linda Saucedo (verified owner)

    Plants arrived well packed & healthy. I love them. Shipping took about 12 days. Will order from this place again.

  29. patiwgn90 (verified owner)

    This was my 1st purchase and will NOT be my last. Already on a waitlist to order more. Packaged great and arrived in perfect condition. Very healthy and beautiful plants!! Thanks

  30. David Gonzales (verified owner)

    Where do I go for a request for refund or replacement?

    • Steve

      You can send an email directly to [email protected] and we will respond. The support team just requests a photo of the bad plant and a description of what is wrong.

  31. David Gonzales (verified owner)

    Received my Azaleas just the other day and they arrived dead and dry to a crisp. Disappointed in this purchase.

    • Steve

      Hi David. We have a 30-day guarantee on all of our plants. Have you submitted a request for a replacement or refund?

  32. Cliff Drake (verified owner)

    my plants are beautiful, packaging was awesome what great service.

  33. Dawn Fox (verified owner)

    I ordered plants on Sunday. On Wednesday, I received 8 very nicely packaged, healthy azaleas that are absolutely beautiful. Second time purchasing and very happy with both purchases!

  34. penalouis (verified owner)

    Very poor survival (Zone 7). I’ve tried several Encore varieties and SUNBURST is the worst. I bought three in 1 & 2 gal sizes. The 1 gal ones started showing brown spots on leaves by the fall and did not survive a fairly mild winter. The 2 gal one took a beating, limped through the next season, but died the next winter. However, At the SAME TIME we ordered three BONFIRES and all of those are doing very well. Long before that, we got an EMPRESS and that’s been thriving for 6 years. Another reviewer reported a similar problem but still gave 3 stars. If a variety sickens and dies, while others thrive, it deserves 0 stars. If you look at the positive reviews, most are commenting about how good the shipping is. I agree and am still hooked on Encore azaleas from PlantsByMail. But SUNBURST should be avoided.

  35. Linda C (verified owner)

    I could not be happier with my purchase from plantsbymail. Shipped quickly, superb packaging and the plants are beautiful. Spent yesterday planting and last night ordered more.

  36. Carol Evans

    OMG! These are ultra beautiful. I have them up against my pink/coral victorian home. The picotee is echoed in my home’s trim. So far I have planted 20 around my home. They are stunning and they bloom from Mar/April to frost. The packaging was perfect and they arrived in bloom and haven’t stopped since.
    Simply wonderful!

  37. Darin (verified owner)

    Plants arrived quickly and in safe packaging!

  38. maryralber (verified owner)

    I placed my first order for these azaleas recently and was very impressed with everything. The plants were perfect, arrived quickly and are thriving. Customer service has also been super fast to answer my questions.

  39. winniebtx (verified owner)

    This was my first order & I will order again. My order arrived quickly, well packaged & the plants are beautiful!

  40. Josephine Walters

    Received 3 plants; 1 was damaged during delivery. Contacted Plants by Mail and they immediately replaced the damaged one. Very satisfied with the service and azaleas so far. Got my fingers crossed that they will thrive and grow now that they are in the ground.

  41. Richard Dennis Mc Cabe

    This plant grew for awhile, along with other plants we bought, but the leaves developed brown spots that spread to the whole plant and it died. The other plants were fine.

  42. NC gardener

    I ordered 3 Encore Azaleas in the 2 gal. size. They are absolutely beautiful. Plants are packaged well for mailing, arrived very healthy and well shaped. I definitely will order from this company again.

  43. Carolyn

    Rec’d both plants in great shape!
    good shapes, green leaves; have them planted already & are doing fine.

  44. Marie

    I received my order within a few days. The plants looked very healthy. I planted them and they look very nice. I can’t wait for these plants to bloom. The flowers look really beautiful in the pictures.

  45. Michelle

    I ordered azaleas and in a couple days we received them. They were packed perfect in sturdy boxes, easy directions on how to get them out. Great looking plants, soil still moist. Better than most stores. On line there is a nice video on how to plant, if needed. I’m planning on buying more!

  46. Lana Headley

    I have a similar plant already thats why i ordered another one.

  47. Emily Barron

    I ordered some azaleas from this place not expecting them to arrive as they did – they were packed perfectly in boxes so that the branches weren’t broken, the tops of the plants weren’t broken, all of the soil hadn’t been dumped out – actually they were in better shape then some plants I have bought at a nursery and driven home with them. I have already used this place again and will recommend it highly.

  48. Emily Barron

    The plants were packed well, they arrived in good condition and is the best plants by mail I have ever seen – these people know what they are doing.

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