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Tulip, Single Early Hybrids

Tulipa

Single early tulips are available in nearly every color of the rainbow, including white, red, orange, yellow, and purple. Pastel colors of pink, peach, apricot, and cream are also available. Generally, the flowers are borne on short, strong stems, which means they can tolerate wind and rain better than some types of tulips. Those with the shortest stems may not work well as cut flowers, but those in the taller range make fine bouquets. Some varieties are fragrant, too.

Use single early tulips in flowerbeds, borders, container gardens, rock gardens, or for indoor forcing. Because they bloom early, they generally need less chilling to force them into bloom than later-blooming types.

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From 6 inches to 3 feet

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To 6 inches wide

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3-8

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more varieties for Tulip, single early hybrids

Cardinal Rampolla tulip
Cardinal Rampolla tulip
(Tulipa 'Cardinal Rampolla') is also sometimes called 'Apricot' or 'Safrano'. It's an heirloom that produces regal burnt orange, gold, and, yellow blooms on stems to 14 inches tall. Zones 3-8
Christmas Marvel tulip
Christmas Marvel tulip
(Tulipa 'Christmas Marvel') blooms early in spring and grows 18 inches tall. Its rosy red cup-shape blooms fade to pink at the edges. Its long stems and delightful fragrance make it an excellent cut flower. Zones 3-8
Diana tulip
Diana tulip
(Tulipa 'Diana') is an heirloom from 1909 that bears lovely ivory-white flowers on short, sturdy stems in early spring. It grows 12 inches tall. Zones 3-7
Keizerskroon tulip
Keizerskroon tulip
(Tulipa 'Keizerskroon') is an heirloom from 1750 that shows off rich flowers with wide yellow edges. It blooms in early spring and grows 13 inches tall. Zones 3-7
Lac van Rijn tulip
Lac van Rijn tulip
(Tulipa 'Lac van Rijn') dates from the 1620s. Its burgundy-and-ivory single blooms appear in early to midspring on stems to 14 inches tall. This fragrant variety multiplies readily, quickly forming dense clumps of color in the spring landscape. Zones 3-8
Prince of Austria tulip
Prince of Austria tulip
(Tulipa 'Prince of Austria') bears orange-red flowers and is one of the most strongly fragrant varieties available. It grows 12 inches tall and blooms in early spring. Zones 3-7
Van der Neer tulip
Van der Neer tulip
(Tulipa 'Van der Neer') is an heirloom from 1860 that bears rich rosy-purple flowers. It grows 12 inches tall and blooms in early spring. Zones 3-7
Purple Prince tulip
Purple Prince tulip
(Tulipa 'Purple Prince') blooms early midseason on 14-inch-tall stems. The purple petals have a lilac blush with slightly scalloped edges. Color intensifies near the base of the bloom, and stems take on a purplish cast. Zones 3-8

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