The early flowering Tulip ‘Duc van Thol’ Scarlet was a bit of a late comer to the ‘Winter Dukes’ family. Arriving in 1850, it still managed a good 50 years worth of popularity before it fell out of fashion with the early 20th century gardeners - who instead fell in love with the new wave of tall, late flowering, pastel coloured tulips.
Short, bright, and flowering extra-early, this perfectly formed Tulip in miniature only reaches a height of between 5-7 inches tall, but what it loses in height it more than makes up in stunning colour. For many, Tulip ‘Duc van Thol’ ‘Scarlet’ is both a classic and sublime amongst its peers.
.Cultivars from this once popular Duc van Thol’ group grew in every stylish garden from the 1600s through the 1800s. In fact there were almost 2o different colour variations to choose from, but after their popularity dropped they when out of production almost disappearing for good.
Today there are only a few of the original early cultivars left as a number have already been lost and are no longer with us. Luckily - due to determined conservation efforts - a few of these early varieties still survive, be it in small numbers. Thankfully, the superb Duc van Thol – ‘Scarlet' is amongst them.
For more information click onto: