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Autumn Bonfire Encore Azalea
One of the most brilliant of all Encore Azaleas, Autumn Bonfire will set your landscape on fire with its LOADS of 2.5" deep true-red semi-double flowers in spring, summer, and fall! More details below

Autumn Bonfire Encore Azalea

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Autumn Bonfire Encore Azalea
Rhododendron 'Robleza'  'Bonfire'  PPIP

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b   Find Your Zone >

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6a, where this Encore Azalea variety is not winter hardy outdoors, you can enjoy it in containers that can be moved indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

In 1998, the release of the first reblooming Encore Azalea changed the Azalea world forever. Since then, over 30 Encore varieties have been released. When provided enough sunlight (6 or more hours per day) all varieties bloom in spring and then repeat summer into fall. 

One of the most brilliant of all Encore Azaleas, Autumn Bonfire will set your landscape on fire with its LOADS of 2.5" deep true-red semi-double flowers in spring, summer, and fall against a backdrop of deep green leaves that remain green in winter. No picture we've taken does the flower color justice. You have to see it with your own eyes to appreciate the spectacular glowing color. When in bloom, you can see this shrub from 500 yards away! Autumn Bonfire is one of the more cold hardy as well as heat tolerant varieties of the Encore Azalea Series growing as far north as USDA Hardiness Zone 6a and as far south as 10b!



Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing to 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide,  Autumn Bonfire Encore Azalea is a perfect choice for groupings, mass plantings, low hedges or an accent in landscape borders and home foundation plantings. Its glowing true-red  blooms, fast growth rate, and abundance of flowers makes it one of the best Encore selections for growing in larger containers and pots, which can be strategically placed to dress up decks, patios, porches, and other outdoor living spaces. Because they like sun to part shade, Encores do quite well under tall trees and in woodland borders. Butterflies love the flowers, and blooming branches serve very well for cutting to create stunning indoor floral arrangements.

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6b, where this Encore Azalea variety is not winter hardy outdoors, you can enjoy it in containers that can be moved indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

 

Cultural Preferences

A little good advice goes a long way, especially when it comes to success with azaleas. We've been growing them in our gardens for decades.

Soil.  When planted right, and in the right spot, Encore Azaleas are among the easiest azaleas easy to grow. In the ground, they adapt well to most soil types. That said, some soils such as heavy clay, quick-draining sand, or otherwise poor soils might need to be amended to provide sufficient nutrients, better soil drainage, and/or moisture retention. 

In general, like all other azaleas, the Encores prefer an organically rich, moist but well-drained acidic soil. In containers, we recommend a 50/50 blend of professional potting mix and potting soil. Know that whether growing in the ground or in containers, constantly soggy or wet soil is problematic for azaleas, and most other plants for that matter. 

Sun.  Encore Azaleas will grow in sun or part shade. For best flowering and reblooming, we recommend at least 4 hours or more of direct sunlight per day. All-day lightly filtered sun, such as under tall trees, is okay. In regions that experience very hot summers with intense sunlight, Encore Azaleas might appreciate a break from direct sun during the hottest summer afternoon hours.

Note:  You can find more expert advice under the Planting & Care tab on this page. 



Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to find helpful Encore Azalea planting and care advice provided by the experts at Wilson Bros Gardens.



Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b   Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  3'
Width at Maturity:  3'
Spacing:  2.5' for solid hedges;  5'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Dense, Mounding, Upright
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  Glowing True Red
Flower Size:  Large, 2.5"
Flowering Period:  Mid-Spring, Late Summer, Early Fall, Mid-Fall
Flower Type:  Semi-Double
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Dark Green year round
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, All Day Filtered Sun, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average, lower when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sandy (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  5.0 - 6.5 (Acid to Slightly Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Low, Average
Attracts:  Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer Resistance (the deer rarely touch ours), Drought (when well established), Clay Soil (heavy clay should be amended), Heat, Humidity, Sun


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