Encore® Autumn Royalty® Azalea

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With a robust, upright form that grows larger than other Azaleas, the dark green foliage and large, richly colored blooms of Encore® Autumn Royalty® Azalea (Rhododendron 'Conlec') dazzle visitors in your landscape. This is a hard-working variety that delivers up to 3 flushes of blooms a year.

Not only is the plant itself the largest Encore® Azalea, but even the 6-inch oval evergreen leaves and 4-inch flowers are also a bit bigger than other varieties! You'll really appreciate seeing the multiple waves of lavender purple blooms in early spring as they keep having encores of blooms, mid-summer and again in the fall. With bright light purple, funnel-shaped blooms cloaking it, the Encore® Azalea delivers an impressive performance. Butterflies and Hummingbirds are drawn to the nectar source!

Encore® Autumn Royalty® Azalea won "Rhododendron of the Year" by the Rhododendron Society of America and once you plant it, you'll understand why! Autumn Royalty® not only provides an abundance of blooms but does so with little or no care from you. You can just plant it in the right spot and sit back to watch the show! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 6 to 9, these broad-leaved evergreens grow 4-5 feet in height and 3-4 feet wide.

Planting and Application:

This beautiful plant is known for its repeating blooms and sun tolerance. Autumn Royalty® thrives in the all-day sun with mid-afternoon shade. It's a versatile size for most landscapes and can be used in many different garden applications.

A single plant can be a spectacular evergreen specimen anywhere you want to add color from spring through fall. You'll highlight the repeat bloom to perfection this way. Why not make a marvelous focal point by mixing Autumn Royalty® with an Encore® Autumn Twist® and that deep, delicious purple of Polarnacht? White flowering varieties also look fabulous with Autumn Royalty®!

Because of the low maintenance, carefree nature of this shrub, this is an ideal plant for mass plantings in either commercial or home landscapes. They are wonderfully mass planted as a backdrop for smaller varieties. Create a solid screen by planting 3 feet apart on center. You'll measure from the center of one to the center of the next. Use several of them to create a friendly fence. Use them as an informal flowering hedge along your property line. Or, use a short row of them right behind your patio seating to give a welcome sense of privacy.

Use them as outstanding specimen plants by themselves, or to create a beautiful backdrop. After all, even in winter evergreen Autumn Royalty® continues to provide a lively presence in your yard. Use as an understory plant at the edge of a woodland planting or under large shade trees. Just ensure they get at least 4 hours of sunlight a day.

They are a perfect shrub to use in large containers to decorate your patio or porch. Your style can shine through in the choice of containers you use. Go for a modern look with tall, spare rectangular pots in 3 different sizes. Or, make it really personal with a bold mix of glazed containers in your favorite color.

  • Larger Growing Azalea Variety
  • Voted Azalea of the Year by the American Rhododendron Society
  • Repeat Blooming, Large Rich Purple Blooms
  • Fast Growing Evergreen Deep Green Foliage
  • Can Be Planted Underneath Taller Trees
  • Magnificent in Mass Plantings

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Encore® Autumn Royalty® broad-leaved evergreen Azalea will make you look good. And it doesn't ask for much in return.

Give them a planting spot that receives full sun and then shaded conditions from mid-afternoon onward, especially in the warmest growing zones. Choose a location with good airflow to help avoid spring frost damage to the flower buds.

Plant in soil that is well drained. Azaleas will simply not tolerate any long periods in water. If poor drainage is suspected, use a raised bed or plant on a sloping planting site. Another wonderful option to improve drainage would be to mound up to avoid root rot by planting high in a mounded heap of soil 18 to 24 inches above the lay of your land.

If you don't get adequate rainfall, please provide a moderate amount of water on a regular basis for the first season as the roots get established in your native soil. After that, the plants display some drought tolerance but water them well every so often during extended dry periods.

Use a thin layer of pine straw mulch if you can find it in your area. Keep all mulch several inches away from the main trunk for proper air circulation. Azaleas really prefer slightly acidic soils. Have a soil test done to make sure your soil is between 5.0 and 5.5. You'll want to amend the soil when needed, and in cases of high pH, add Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Planting Mix to 1/3rd of the total volume of backfill when planting. Watch for chlorosis (yellowing leaves) always the first sign of a pH problem. Fertilize in the late fall and mid-summer with Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Fertilizer to help maintain pH.

Autumn Royalty® needs little care or pruning and grows naturally beautiful but will accept some pruning if you so desire. Prune to shape immediately after the first spring flowering. You can control for size and remove broken branches at that time.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Moderate to Moist Soil
  • Well-Drained Very Enriched Soil
  • Prune Right After Flowering
  • Year-Round Foliage!
  • Heat & Cold Tolerant
  • Deer & Rabbit Resistant

Order this hot variety today! We sell out almost as fast as the new crop is put online. If you see it in stock, go ahead and place your order. You'll never regret this choice. Order the Encore® Autumn Royalty® Azalea for your landscape today from NatureHills.com!

Azalea and Rhododendron Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the best place to plant an Azalea bush?

Azaleas and Rhododendrons prefer partial shade (both dappled shade all day or morning sun with afternoon shade). Plant in a slightly acidic, consistently moist, enriched and well-drained soil location for best results. Their shallow roots dislike soggy soil but thrive with a 3-4 inch layer of arborist mulch over their surface.

How big does an Azalea bush get?

Encore® Autumn Royalty® Azalea can reach a 4-5 foot tall and slightly smaller width in optimal conditions.

Are Azalea bushes low maintenance?

Azalea and Rhododendron shrubs are very easy to grow and low maintenance. Water during drought, prune only after flowering, and fertilize with an acid-loving organic, slow-release flowering plant fertilizer.

What is the difference between Rhododendrons and Azaleas?

All Azaleas are Rhododendrons but not all Rhodondendrons are Azaleas. Azalea tends to be smaller-sized with smaller leaves and stems, while Rhododendrons can be larger with stout branching and larger bloom trusses. There can both be either deciduous or broad-leaved evergreens.

How Do I Find Azalea and Rhododendron Bushes for Sale Near Me?

Make your life easier and your yard happier by shopping for Azaleas at NatureHills.com online nursery. You'll find a massive selection of flowering bushes for sale, including many lovely varieties!

Choose the right shrub for your area by first finding your growing zone by entering your zip code in the field above the Plant Highlights section on our product pages. Narrow down your options by plant hardiness zone, sun availability, and size requirements.

Place your order, knowing it's backed by the Nature Hills Nursery product guarantee and protected by Plant Sentry™, which helps ensure regulated plant materials aren't sent to prohibited areas.

Expect to receive your plants at the appropriate planting time for your growing zone when temperatures are safest to ship through and into.

What Shipping Options Do You Offer?

NatureHills.com works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and don'ts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your Azaleas for sale here at NatureHills.com!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
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Encore® Autumn Royalty® Azalea  Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Brand Encore Azaleas
Botanical Name Rhododendron 'Conlec'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 4 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Fast, Medium
Flower Color Purple
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering