Encore Azaleas

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Encore azaleas are a series of hybrids developed to be true multi-season bloomers-blooming in Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Encore azaleas were developed by Robert C. “Buddy” Lee, a plantsman from Independence, Louisiana. They were the result of Mr. Lee’s planned cross hybridization between the a series of azaleas and Rhododendron oldhamii ‘Fourth of July’.

Mr. Lee’s hybridization program was conducted with emphasis on species that are not commonly found in the genetic make-up of the present day hybrids. The ‘Fourth of July’ cultivar is a heavy summer and fall blooming plant, not like the Rhododendron Species Foundation form. The flower buds form on new growth and start blooming about July 14. Mr. Lee used this cultivar to cross with existing hybrids which have a tendency to bloom in the fall and which are also fairly hardy. As expected, the resulting seedlings are heavy summer and fall bloomers with very impressive spring blooms also.

This series of azaleas continues to expand and the list below may not encompass the latest members of the series. Readers are urged to go to the Encore Azaleas website: http://www.encoreazalea.com for most up to date information.

Those seeking more specific details of the lineage of the specific hybrids are urged to go to the Plant Patents–hyperlinked to the PP number in the table below.

Image Name Flower color, type Registered Name Plant Patent
Autumn Amethyst™ Red-Purple, Single Rhododendron ‘Conlee’ PP#10567
  Autumn Angel™ White, Single Rhododendron ‘Robleg’ PP#15227
  Autumn Belle™ Pink, Semi-Double Rhododendron ‘Robleo’ PP#19899
  Autumn Bravo™ Red, Semi-Double Rhododendron ‘Conlen’ PP#11628
  Autumn Carnation™ Pink, Semi-Double Rhododendron ‘Roblec’ PP#15339
  Autumn Carnival™ Pink, Semi-Double Rhododendron ‘Conlet’ PP#12111
  Autumn Cheer™ Pink, Single Rhododendron ‘Conlef’ PP#10579
Autumn Chiffon™ White to Red, Single Rhododendron ‘Robled’ PP#15862
  Autumn Coral™ Pink, Single Rhododendron ‘Conled’ PP#10568
  Autumn Debutante™ Pink, Single Rhododendron ‘Roblel’ PP#16278
  Autumn Embers™ Red, Semi-Double Rhododendron ‘Conleb’ PP#10581
  Autumn Empress™ Pink, SemiDouble Rhododendron ‘Conles’ PP#12109
  Autumn Fire™ Red, Semi-Double Rhododendron ‘Roblez’ PPAF
  Autumn Ivory™ White, Single Rhododendron ‘Roblev’ PPIP
  Autumn Jewel™ Magenta Rhododendron ‘Robleu’ PP#25074
  Autumn Lilac™ Purple-Violet Rhododendron ‘Robles’ PP#22762
  Autumn Lily™ Red-Purple, Single Rhododendron ‘Roblex’ PP#25073
  Autumn Monarch™ Orange-Red, Semi-Double Rhododendron ‘Conleo’ PP#11640
  Autumn Moonlight White & Yellow, Semi-Double Rhododendron ‘Mootum’ PP#18416
  Autumn Princess™ Pink, Semi-Double Rhododendron ‘Roblea’ PP#12142
  Autumn Rouge™ Pink, Semi-Double Rhododendron ‘Conlea’ PP#10438
Autumn Royalty™ Purple, Single Rhododendron ‘Conlec’ PP#10580
  Autumn Ruby™ Pink, Single Rhododendron ‘Conler’ PP#12110
  Autumn Sangria™ Pink, Single Rhododendron ‘Roblee’ PP#15077
  Autumn Starlite™ White, Single Rhododendron ‘Roblem’ PP#15043
  Autumn Sunburst™ Coral, Semi-Double Rhododendron ‘Roblet’ PP#25072
  Autumn Sundance™ Pink, Single Rhododendron ‘Roblef’ PP#16184
  Autumn Sunset™ Red, Semi-Double Rhododendron ‘Roblen’ PP#16248
  Autumn Sweetheart™ Pink, Semi-Double Rhododendron ‘Robleja’ PP#16249
  Autumn Twist™ Rhododendron ‘Conlep’ White to Purple PP#12133