Autumn Empress Encore Azalea

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Rhododendron ‘Conles’

Derived from the Southern Indica and Kurume, this encore hybrid is native to Louisiana. The encores' are the most sun tolerant of the azalea family. The Empress Encore is part of the medium encore azalea class that is catchy with semi-double blooms twice a year. 'Empressively' pink, these flamingo beauties make excellent combination designs and work well independently as accents, foundations, or edge ornaments. 

The Empress Encore is compact, known to attract butterflies, and very little pruning is required, deeming this plant a low maintenance variety. 

Deer may browse.

Photos courtesy of Toms Creek Nursery in Denton, NC and our friends at Encore Azaleas TM. 
Ornamental Characteristics
Category Flowering Shrub
Foliage Type Evergreen
Height 4'
Spread 3'
Shape Upright/Rounded
Primary Foliage Color Green
Seasonal Foliage Color Green and Bronze in the Winter
Flowering Season Spring and Fall 
Flower Color Pink w/magenta colored speckles
Environmental Characteristics
Growth Rate Moderate
Sun Preferences 4 - 6 hours full sun and high filtered shade for optimal blooms; some shade in the afternoon heat
Water Preferences Average; Ensure planting area provides adequate drainage.
 Hardiness Zones 6 - 10