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Beauty Of Apeldoorn Darwin Tulip

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The Apeldoorn is a famous multi-colored tulip variety with big, orange flowers and delicate red flames on every petal. Named after a city in Holland, Apeldoorn is a famed Darwin hybrid tulip, known for their large blooms, strong stems and vibrant colors.
key features
Botanical Name
Tulipa Beauty Of Apeldoorn
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


Here's one of the most luscious tulips ever created. The famous Apeldoorn group (Apeldoorn is a city in Holland) leads the Darwin Hybrid group, and this is one of the true beauties among them. In addition to a lush peachy/orange color, Beauty of Apeldoorn has an incredible overlay of delicate red flame on every petal. The flowers are large, and the flower shape superb, as the photo shows.

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.'