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Autumn Twist® Encore® Azalea

(53 customer reviews)

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About Autumn Twist® Encore® Azalea

The Autumn Twist Encore Azalea is guaranteed to knock your socks off! This reblooming azalea features unique magenta purple and crisp white blooms that emerge in unpredictable patterns. Some have purple stripes, some are all white with purple spots, while some emerge completely purple! Additionally, the latter heavily resembles the Autumn Royalty Encore Azalea.

This random bloom nature creates a fantastic display when planted in groups. An initial bloom symphony of white and magenta will greet you in spring. Afterward, expect the Autumn Twist to bloom up to 2 more times; with up to 3 bloom cycles being possible every year!

The Autumn Twist’s evergreen foliage emerges a soft green before maturing to a darker green hue. Furthermore, these soft, elliptically-shaped leaves come to a defined point on the end.

The Encore Twist is one of the larger Encore Azaleas reaching a mature size of 4.5ft H x 4ft W. At this size, it’s perfect as an informal hedge you don’t want to worry about maintaining.

Try it as a foundation planting, hedge, container, or specimen. Alternatively, use it as a mass planting for a truly remarkable display.

Autumn Twist 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 Twist having reduced bloom potential.

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

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

Spacing Your Autumn Twist Encore Azalea 

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

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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

How to Plant Encore Azaleas

53 reviews for Autumn Twist® Encore® Azalea

  1. Susan (verified owner)

    Four gorgeous shrubs, all healthy and ready to show off in my garden!

  2. Kimberly Terrill (verified owner)

    Beautiful healthy green foliage . Arrived well packed and protected

  3. J Howell (verified owner)

    I ordered 4 of these azaleas and planted them and cared for them exactly as on the Southern Living website. They all died. I thought they would come back in the spring but none have. I live in the south so it does not get extremely cold here. I mulched and put pine needles around them to protect and also covered them when it was going to frost this spring. All of them are dead. They will not send me any replacements. At least Lowes gives you a warranty on their plants. I can’t just throw money away. I will not order from this place again.

    • Christy Miller

      Good morning again Ms Janice. Thank you for your feedback. As you stated to me your plants arrived to you in beautiful form and did very well the first season. We helped you with your order after you noticed issues in the first month and were happy to resend you a plant. This order now is over a year old. Our warrantee is for the first 30 days. Plants do require extra care in the winter months when very young such as the ones we ship. – Christy

  4. Southwest Customer (verified owner)

    We purchased 15 – 2 gal intermediate encores in two colors. We placed the order and received free shipping and in 4 days they arrived safely
    Received them all well packed no damage at all…fully green and some new growth on top too.
    We are so excited and can’t wait to see them bloom this summer. I have never seen azaleas like this in my local big box hardware stores. We are very please and probably will order more soon. Thank you from Southwest VA.

  5. Ignacio Rodriguez (verified owner)

    Ordered a total of 14 azelias in two different orders and they arrived in perfect shape and they were georgeous

  6. Eileen (verified owner)

    Plant looks healthy. Arrived almost immediately after ordering. Don’t know if I will get flowers this year, can hardly wait to see if it really does bloom like the encore azaleas are supposed to. Will gladly order from them again.

  7. Susan Gaskin (verified owner)

    Plants arrived quickly and were in excellent condition. Packaging was exceptional. All 12 were planted this past weekend and I can’t wait to see them bloom.

  8. Larry (verified owner)

    Love all six plants. Packed very well. good condition. Planted them last week and they are blooming very well. I will be purchasing six more soon to finish my boarder.

  9. Andy (verified owner)

    The plants that come from Plants By Mail are always healthy. The shipping has always been great until this last shippment, which sent these plants 4 to a box in a laying down position. This is a mistake on every level. FedEx dropped one of the boxes on it’s end causing 2 of the plants to dislodge from it’s, what is loosley called restraint and landing on top of the other two. This method also allows for the potting medium to loosen up and spill out. The upright shipping method is very well thought out and in my opinion should be the only one considered as safe transport.

    • Team PBM

      Good morning Mr Andy. I was contacted about this issue on the 19th. Two of your plants were replaced per your request and were delivered on the 24th. Were these not acceptable to you? Please contact customer service if you need further assistance. – Christy

  10. Keith (verified owner)

    Azaleas arrived healthy and in great condition. They are packaged very well for shipping. FedEx had slightly damaged the boxes, but the plants inside weren’t damaged.

  11. Terry Seeman (verified owner)

    Tree came looked sick, had a severe case of Brown Spot all through entire plant did everything trying to save it but it died in less than a week. Scratched limbs and trunk no green to be seen.

  12. Tanya English (verified owner)

    I cannot believe how healthy these plants are!! They arrived in decent time and very well packaged. I will definitely be purchasing from Plants by Mail again!

  13. Eugene Tredway (verified owner)

    Arrived quick and packaged well

  14. Sue P. (verified owner)

    The packaging was great. The plants arrived securely and in great condition. They are happily sprouting new growth since being planted. Would definitely order form you again.

  15. Aspasia Agnos

    Your Encore Azaleas are wonderful. I love the fact that they rebloom from spring through fall. And I love their vibrant colors and their soft pale colors. They are all so beautiful, I would highly recommend them to others as well.

  16. Vicki Taylor (verified owner)

    Well packages and received timely. It’s great to order plants and get a healthy one instead of a small half, dead one like I have received from some other companies. I will order from here again in the future.

    • Team PBM


  17. Barbara McK (verified owner)

    The Autumn Twist arrived in terrific shape. Packed so well. They are gorgeous plants and I wouldn’t hesitate to order from you again. Thanks so much.

  18. Jane Boles (verified owner)

    Plants arrived in great condition. Large and beautiful Encore Azaleas. Have purchased from other online nurseries but the plants I received from Plants by Mail were so much healthier and larger. Plan to purchase more from them!

  19. Bo Stalcup (verified owner)

    Plants were well packaged, not harmed in shipping, arrived in beautiful condition, and look great planted in the ground

  20. lincv11 (verified owner)

    Excellent. Plant arrived in perfect condition

  21. Rick Kissman (verified owner)

    Well packaged, nice green full leaved plants, had a few flowers on the plants that were large and beautiful. Can’t wait to see the plants in full bloom.

  22. GLENN (verified owner)

    Received the plants in good condition but a little to early to plant so I have them sitting on the floor in my den till it warms up a little more.

  23. Deirdre Haynes (verified owner)

    I was so pleased with the performance of autumn starburst that i came back for autumn twist. I managed to under water one of them while waiting 2 weeks for the new bed to be dug, but all three have been put in the ground and all foliage is plump and supple. I am looking forward to my autumn twist blooms to mirror the autumn starburst in the adjacent bed!

  24. Heidi (verified owner)

    Very healthy looking on arrival, well packed for shipping, and already blooming after lots of rain, here in Central AL, after planting. I’m excited to watch them grow and bloom with all the varying shades of pink and white.

  25. cjta1 (verified owner)

    The blooms on this azalea are lovely and strong. The detail in these flowers are beautiful. The foliage is deep and attractive too! This shrub is truly a great addition to my garden!

  26. Mary W in GA (verified owner)

    My plants arrived very healthy and packaged well and safe. I’ve never bought plants online so I was pleasantly surprised. I’ve planted them in a good spot and now await blooms, if not this year, then next.

  27. Happytrails (verified owner)

    Ordered a mix of Encore azaleas including a pair of Autumn Twist that arrrived very healthy. Was happy to be able to order these as they tend to be bought up fast and even though I live near a big city I’m not able to find these anyplace local. Plants were packed nicely in some pine bark soil and well protected even thought the boxes had been a little crushed in delivery.

  28. Frederick Dunn (verified owner)

    Great looking plants shipped and arrived quickly. Everything as advertised.

  29. Stephanie Smith (verified owner)

    My 4 azaleas arrived extremely well packaged, and in very healthy condition. Would buy again and highly recommend!

  30. Cheryl Landry (verified owner)

    Received in great condition. Moist and protected well for transport. Plants were as described, good size and in excellent condition. Will order again .

  31. Simon (verified owner)

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

  32. Candi

    I LOVE Encore Azaleas. They bloom almost all year round with such little care. I have never had plants so hardy and so easy to care for as these. They are just a pleasant surprise and beautiful addition to my garden.

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  34. bsoupsr (verified owner)

    Received two Autumn Twist and one had a single bloom to give us a hint of what is to come in the following months. The foilage is a much lighter shade of green than either Autumn Princess or Autumn Fire giving a nice contrast to the garden.

  35. Micheal Dunkin (verified owner)

    Plants arrived in very good shape. Ready to be planted. Already in bloom.

  36. mkchan25 (verified owner)

    Can’t wait for these to bloom. I received two beautiful, healthy and evenly matched plants. As always, they came very fast. Love PBM

  37. StzeFze (verified owner)

    Arrived quickly, as described. Impressed with how they were packaged and shipped

  38. Lois (verified owner)

    I gave 4 stars because it is too soon to know if the plant will survive, but received in good condition and packaged well. Fast shipping.

  39. Andy (verified owner)

    The arrived in excellent condition & 2 weeks later are doing great.

  40. Kim (verified owner)

    My azalea was beautiful right out of the box! It won’t bloom until next spring but it’s green and healthy with a lovely symmetrical shape, and seems happy where I planted it. It’s been hot here in the PNW but it doesn’t seem affected by it. I do water it frequently and I’ll add mulch and cover it with landscape fabric over the winter. Will update once it blooms. So far I’m very pleased, thank you!

  41. 4Will (verified owner)

    The plants are packaged with TLC and shipped very quickly. They show up wrapped in plastic inside a well designed box that hold them firmly in place during shipment. They even wrap the plant surface inside the plastic with a dampened paper to retain moisture while traveling to your home. The plants are in PERFECT condition as well! I ordered $800 worth of various encore azaleas (some 3 gallon, some 2) and every plant was healthy and ready to be planted. EXCELLENT !!

  42. Emily Harvey (verified owner)

    The plants arrived in a timely manner and in good shape. So far they are doing well in central IL.

  43. Louise Stettler (verified owner)

    Very first time ordering online. Was happily surprised at the condition of plant . Looking forward to seeing it bloom. Local nurseries can’t compare. Will order again.

  44. Wanda Costello (verified owner)

    Arrived in perfect condition. Very healthy plants. I’m ready to place another order.

  45. Layne (verified owner)

    I shipped these to my mom for Mother’s Day and they looked great! I’m very happy with the product and the customer service.

  46. plyler.hamilton (verified owner)

    Beautiful plants arrived in pristine condition – MUCH better looking than anything we found at the big box garden stores, and they were mailed! Have made other purchases and will continue to buy plants from PBM in the future.

  47. 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! Very excited about the unique white and purple variation. I think it will help tie the mass planting of many colors together.

  48. John L. (verified owner)

    This is my second order with plants by mail. My Autumn Twist came very healthy and very happy! I’ve placed three of them on the foundation of my home between two Purple Diamond Loropetalums. And they look lovely!

  49. Steve H. (verified owner)

    Excellent. Beautiful and healthy.

  50. jim.marzo (verified owner)

    First time ordering plants online and I was not entirely comfortable doing so. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. On arrival the box was pretty beat up from handling while shipping, but the plants were packaged well and overall they were in great shape, showing some new growth, and were as nice of specimens as if I had hand selected them. I’ve got another order of Salvias on the way. Feeling confident now.

  51. john6757 (verified owner)

    The plant arrived healthy and beautiful. Quick, secure shipping (and very reasonable!), and well packed. I’ll order again in the future with confidence.

  52. jfneubert01 (verified owner)

    We ordered 10 of these plants with trepidation. This is the first time ordering plants online. I was pleasantly surprised when these arrived. They were very well packaged so they were not damaged in transport. The plants themselves were beautiful! They were dark green and very healthy. I was so impresses with the quality I ordered 17 more! I’ll definitely use Plants by Mail again.

  53. Anonymous

    It is The Most Beautiful Creature, like a butterfly shrub. The “butterflies” are white with exotic and carried hot purple dots and splashes, multi abundant blooms everywhere, and i always want to eat them, too, because they are almost waxy like easter white chocolate with strawberry swirls. Plants by Mail packaged each Encore Azalea–and i ordered a lot of all the colors–each one was packaged like a gift from Cartier. Just the most Special Presentation, and they came soon fast and i was excited to plant them, and they just thrive and explode with blooms. I go out there every morning and drink them in…

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