Voted AZALEA OF THE YEAR by the American Rhododendron Society, and one of the most popular and cold hardy in the Encore Azalea Series, Autumn Royalty produces an abundance of very large, 3.5-inch diameter, brilliant purple blooms in spring, summer, and fall against a backdrop of deep green, large arrow-shaped leaves similar in appearance to the Southern Indica Azaleas. One of the most cold hardy Encore Azaleas in the series.
Shrub Type: Evergreen Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity: 4.5'
Width at Maturity: 4.5'
Spacing: 4' apart for solid hedge; 8'+ apart for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form: Bushy, Dense, Mounding, Upright
Growth Rate: Moderate
Flower Color: Purple
Flower Size: Large, 3.5"
Flowering Period: Mid-Spring, Late Summer, Early Fall, Mid-Fall
Flower Type: Single
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