Autumn Empress Encore Azalea produces an abundance of gorgeous, 2.5-inch diameter, vibrant pink double blooms in spring, summer, and fall against handsome green foliage. University trials have shown Autumn Empress to be one of the most cold tolerant Encore Azalea varieties in the series. The hose-in-hose double flowers are a joy to look at and the butterflies love them. Cut blooming branches for use to create stunning indoor floral arrangements.
Plant Type: Evergreen Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity: 4'
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: Bright Pink
Flower Size: Medium, 2 - 2.25"
Flowering Period: Mid-Spring, Late Summer, Early Fall, Mid-Fall
Flower Type: Semi-Double
Fragrant Flowers: No
Foliage Color: Dark Green, Purple tinted in Winter
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