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Apeldoorn Elite Darwin Tulip

SKU: AM004553
per Bag of 10
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Famous for its bright yellow flowers blushed heavily with orange. Great Darwin perennial tulip for naturalizing. Named after a city in Holland.
key features
Botanical Name
Tulipa Apeldoorn Elite
Growing Zones
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Easy To Grow, Naturalizes, Cut Flowers, Container Planting
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height
20-22" tall
Bloom Time
Mid spring


This is the luscious perennial tulip you see everywhere in spring. Bright yellow, blushed heavily with orange, Apeldoorn Elite has been a world favorite since its introduction in 1968. Like all Darwin Hybrids, they "come back year after year" making a planting of these beauties a multi-year success.

About Darwin Hybrid Tulips: Early in the 20th Century, a talented Dutch hybridizer named Lefeber worked long and hard with a wild tulip called "Tulipa fosteriana" from Central Asia. It is red, and from it, he hybridized the group that became known as the Emperor Tulips. The world-famous Red Emperor was introduced in 1931, and is what we now call a member of the "Fosteriana Tulip" group. In fact, Red Emperor's official variety name is "Madame Lefeber" in honor of the original hybridizer's wife.

Even though the Red Emperor and other fosterianas were instant sensations, the hybridizers were not satisfied. They were fascinated by what were then called simply "Darwin Tulips". These were large-flowered tulips in clear colors on tall stems, but without any perennial qualities. The Emperors, being close to a wild species, were quite perennial, so they crossed the two groups. And voila! Darwin Hybrid Tulips were born, with the best qualities of both groups.

Ever since, the Darwin Hybrids have set the standards worldwide for tall graceful, large flowered perennial tulips. Apeldoorn, the famous red tulip that is now No. 1 in the US, was introduced in 1951 by D. W. Lefeber and Company. There are not many Darwin Hybrids, even today. But they are every good gardener's favorites and always highly valued by florists.

In America's Top Ten list for popularity in the US, compiled by the Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Centre, they list no less than three Darwin Hybrids, more than from any other group.