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Encore® Autumn Cheer™ Azalea*

Rhododendron 'Conlef'

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Encore Autumn Cheer Azalea (Rhododendron 'Conlef') at Walton's Garden Center

Encore® Autumn Cheer™ Azalea flowers

Encore® Autumn Cheer™ Azalea flowers

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Brand:  Encore Azalea

Description:

This stunning, compact evergreen shrub is bathed in clusters of beautiful coral flowers, and will bloom all season; an excellent choice to mass in groupings as a focal point of the garden; must have rich acidic soil

Ornamental Features

Encore® Autumn Cheer™ Azalea is bathed in stunning clusters of lightly-scented coral-pink trumpet-shaped flowers with a crimson flare at the ends of the branches from late spring to early fall. It has dark green evergreen foliage. The glossy narrow leaves remain dark green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Encore® Autumn Cheer™ Azalea is an open multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Encore® Autumn Cheer™ Azalea is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Encore® Autumn Cheer™ Azalea will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It has a low canopy. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in a location that gets morning sunlight but is shaded from the hot afternoon sun, although it will also grow in partial shade. Keep it away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It may require supplemental watering during periods of drought or extended heat. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the foliage in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Encore® Autumn Cheer™ Azalea makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features