Darwin Hybrid Tulip 'Apeldoorn'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tulipa (TOO-li-pa) (Info)
Cultivar: Apeldoorn
Hybridized by D.W. Lefeber & Co
Registered or introduced: 1951
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Division 4 - Darwin Hybrids


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 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)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Garberville, California

Braselton, Georgia

Lansing, Kansas

Benton, Kentucky

Owosso, Michigan

Grand Portage, Minnesota

Painesville, Ohio

Eagle Point, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Clarksville, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 16, 2014, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

My niece brought these back from Amsterdam as a Christmas present for me. It was the first week in January before I managed to get them planted. The ground was mucky and I just scooped out a hole, popped them in and hoped for the best. Right after that, we had one of the most brutal west KY winters in years and the ground was frozen for days at a time...but here they are, blooming like I planted them in October. I'm thrilled with this great keepsake...it was the perfect gift got a gardening aunt!


On Mar 25, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is my first year for growing these- or any other tulips. Supposedly these return in warmer climes like mine. We will see next year.

These are a gorgeous reddish orange color. Black eye/center is very interesting looking.


On Mar 12, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Great for cut flowers. Vivid red shade. Prefers full sun, but can take a little shade. Can be grown in containers, too. In warmer climates, these bulbs need a chilling period before planting. Best look obtained from planting in groups of 5 or more. This is my first year for these.