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Single Early Tulip
Tulipa 'Duc van Tol Red & Yellow'

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Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tulipa (TOO-li-pa) (Info)
Cultivar: Duc van Tol Red & Yellow
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Division 1 - Single Early


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring





Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Flowers are good for cutting

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 20, 2008, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

All 'Duc van Tol' tulips are historical tulips. It is a very special group.
Duc van Tol Red and Yellow is dated from 1595. It is the oldest cultivar from this group. Single Early Tulips 'Duc van Tol' were highly appreciated until 1940. After 1940 the cultivation of 'Duc van Tol' stopped and the bulbs were not offered anymore. Hortus Bulborum in Limmen has saved the tulips of the group of Duc van Tol' before they completely disappeared. Bulbs are only rarely offered nowadays. 'Duc van Tol' tulips are probably named after Adriaen Duyck, Duke of Oudkarspel, who got married with Aleid van Tol around 1550.