First introduced in 2016, the Encore Azalea Autumn Fire has rapidly proven itself to be a worthy addition to the Encore® Azalea Collection! This Azalea lives up to the high standards you’ve come to expect from Encore, with deep red, semi-double blooms that stand out phenomenally against dark evergreen foliage. Unlike traditional azaleas that simply bloom in spring, Encores send out bloom after bloom from spring to fall. No deadheading is required to keep the flowers coming.
In winter, the Autumn Fire’s fantastic green foliage will change to a deep purple-bronze color. This adds a whole new level of interest to this azalea. Afterwards, spring sees the triumphant return of the characteristic dark green foliage.
The dwarf size and compact growth habit make the Encore Fire the least of your concerns when it comes to landscape maintenance. Reaching 2.5′ H x 3′ wide, the Encore Azalea Fire is perfect for a low-hedge, foundation planting, mass planting, accent, or container plant. Plant it in front of taller shrubs with contrasting foliage or bloom color for a dynamic display.
Encore Azalea Autumn Fire Care
Unlike traditional azaleas, the Autumn Fire requires 4-6 hours of direct sunlight to thrive and bloom properly.
Plant your Autumn Fire in soil that has an acidic pH, and drains well. Poor drainage will lead to root rot and the expiration of your plant.
Water regularly until well-established in the landscape, generally the first few months after planting. Consequently, this allows them to develop deep roots, which will help ensure their long-term success. They are able to access more nutrients and have an improved capability of dealing with droughts.
Fertilizing your Encore Azaleas in spring with a slow-release, balanced fertilizer will help to keep them thriving. Otherwise, for organic gardeners, use a balanced organic fertilizer every two months during the growing season.
Check out the Autumn Fire’s larger sibling, the Autumn Bonfire