Encore Autumn Twist Azalea (Rhododendron ‘Conlep’)

Encore Autumn Twist Azalea

Bi-color flowers and year-round appeal! The joyful Encore® Autumn Twist® Azalea, (Rhododendron ‘Conlep’ PP12133), is an ornamental flowering broad-leaved evergreen shrub with delightful, two-tone blooms. The blooms begin in spring and continue on through summer and even into fall for an exceptionally long season of re-blooming color.

Your Encore® Autumn Twist® Azalea features a big display of early spring pinkish-white petals with purple striping. Each lovely blossom is about 3 inches across, varying from white to pink, pinkish-purple, and purple. Followed by smaller flushes throughout the remainder of the growing season. The dark green foliage provides an elegant backdrop for the vibrant color of the flowers and will maintain an evergreen presence in your yard through the cold winter months.

It has an upright growth rate with a rounded form. Encore® Azaleas are fast-growing, so you won’t have to wait long to see its spectacular results. Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 6 to 9, these easy-to-grow shrubs reach 4-5 feet in height at maturity and spread 3-4 feet wide.

Planting and Application:

Autumn Twist® features year-round foliage that creates privacy and screening all year! Create outdoor garden rooms or private seating areas with rows or strategic groupings of these evergreen shrubs! They, of course, look great mixed with other Encore® Azaleas! Plant a few as a short hedge along a side building, or just one in your front yard for 3-season color that can’t be beat!

This broadleaf evergreen also makes a superior hedge and foundation planting, providing four seasons of color. Use several of them to create a friendly fence. 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.

A single spring specimen lights up the landscape or brightens a tired mixed-shrub border. Autumn Twist® well in containers and large planters for adding height to garden beds, or accenting porches and patios in the dappled sun/shade! Butterflies and Hummingbirds will seek out these trumpet-shaped stars for their nectar.

  • Pinkish-White Petals & Pinkish Purple Stripe
  • Repeat Blooming Bi-Color Flowers
  • Fast Growing Broad-Leaved Evergreen
  • Wonderful Repeat Blooms Spring Through Fall!
  • Hedges, Containers, Accents & Anchors, Specimens & Four Season Color

Tips for Care:

Handling full sun and partial shade, afternoon shade especially in the hottest of its favored growing zones, Azaleas love a highly-organic, well-drained and moist environment to grow in. Their shallow root systems appreciate light mulching over the soil surface but despise soggy conditions. Autumn Twist® is heat, disease, and drought tolerant so it’ll certainly be a tough little shrub that you won’t have to fuss over. Only prune flowering broad-leaved evergreen shrubs immediately after the flowers fade to avoid removing next year’s spring display!

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade/Afternoon Shade
  • Enriched Well-Drained Organic Soil
  • Regular Moisture & Appreciates Mulched Beds
  • Heat & Drought Tolerant
  • Disease Resistant

As Azaleas go, it’s hard to beat the Encore® series, and Encore® Autumn Twist® Azalea is one of the best. Hardy and evergreen with a re-blooming display of bi-color flowers, Autumn Twist® is sure to enliven your landscape not just in autumn, but all year round.

Encore Autumn Twist Azalea (Rhododendron ‘Conlep’) Details

Common name Encore Autumn Twist Azalea
Botanical name Rhododendron 'Conlep'
Plant type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Hardiness zone 6-9
Growth rate Fast
Height 4 - 5 ft.
Width 3 - 4 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well-Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time After Flowering
Flower color Pink With Purple Stripes