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Orange Emperor Tulip

Tulipa 'Orange Emperor'

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Orange Emperor Tulip (Tulipa 'Orange Emperor') at Homestead Gardens

Orange Emperor Tulip flowers

Orange Emperor Tulip flowers

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Height:  20 inches

Spacing:  6 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Description:

A striking tulip with carrot orange blooms with a yellow base, and are streaked with pink; a wonderful addition that is visually stunning in the garden or containers

Ornamental Features

Orange Emperor Tulip has masses of beautiful lightly-scented orange cup-shaped flowers with yellow overtones and a hot pink flare at the ends of the stems in mid spring, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its sword-like leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Orange Emperor Tulip is an herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Orange Emperor Tulip is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Orange Emperor Tulip will grow to be about 16 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 6 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As this plant tends to go dormant in summer, it is best interplanted with late-season bloomers to hide the dying foliage.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by multiplication of the underground bulbs; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
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