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TULIPA 'Exotic Emperor'

Image of Tulipa 'Exotic Emperor'

Mark A. Miller

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

TULIPA 'Exotic Emperor'

Plant Common Name

Exotic Emperor Tulip, Fosteriana Tulip

Special Notice

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General Description

Resembling a peony flower or a pale flame, 'Exotic Emperor' produces predominantly white flowers with streaks of green and light yellow. Its early flowering season and ability to perennialize are because of genes from parent species Tulipa fosteriana. Borne singly on a shin-high stem is a blossom of snow white and pale yellow-blushed "petals" (actually tepals). The wavy, thin bud leaves (sepals) persist and jut up around the flower cup. The gray-green, lance-shaped leaves are usually held close to the base of the stem. Although longer lived than many other tulips, Exotic Emperor tulips are nevertheless sometimes treated as annuals, returning consistently year after year only in regions with cool, moist soil over the cool to warm summer.

Tulip bulbs are a favorite food of small mammals including voles, and their succulent leaves and buds are favored by deer. Deep planting (at a depth of four to five times the bulbs' width) and underground barriers (such as buried hardware cloth) can discourage bulb predation. Interplanting with daffodils or other pest-resistant bulbs may deter both below-ground and above-ground pest damage.

Despite these problems, tulips are generally easy to grow. A tulip plant requires full sun, fertile but porous soil, and protection from excessive summer moisture and heat. 'Exotic Emperor' manages to thrive in full sun to light shade and either gritty to average, well-drained soils. Leave the lower foliage of these tulips after they bloom, so they can collect and store energy for next spring’s display. Once the leaves start to yellow, cut plants to the ground. These tulips require winter chill - at least eight weeks - to bloom each early spring.

Tulips are unsurpassed for bringing spring color to containers or sunny gardens. Be sure to consider height and bloom time when designing with them as these vary greatly from cultivar to cultivar. It is also wise to plant extra for cutting as they make superb long-lasting cut flowers. 'Exotic Emperor' is good for winter forcing in containers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Green, Light Yellow

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Double, Semi-Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No