Canada 150 tulip

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Cultivar groupTriumph Group
Cultivar'Carnaval de Rio'[1]
Marketing namesCanada 150

The Canada 150 tulip, also known as the Maple Leaf tulip, is the official tulip of the 150th anniversary of Canada and was unveiled May 9, 2016, in Commissioners Park.[2] The tulip was selectively bred with an elegant white flower and red flames, which resembles the flag of Canada.[3] In September 2016, tulip bulbs went on sale at Home Hardware stores.[4] For Canada's sesquicentennial celebration in 2017, the Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa planted over 200,000 Maple Leaf tulip bulbs.[4]

Problem with tulip colouring[edit]

In the spring of 2017, gardeners in southern Ontario reported that some of the tulips blossomed with the incorrect colour of orange, as opposed to the red and white colour as advertised, or did not bloom at all.[5][6] Home Hardware is investigating, and offering refunds to customers who purchased the incorrect bulbs.[7]


  1. ^ Hopper, Tristin (June 6, 2017). "We solve the great Canada 150 tulip caper: Why so-called 'limited edition' red-and-white bulbs bloomed orange". National Post. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  2. ^ "The official tulip for Canada's 150th anniversary is unveiled". National Capital Commission. May 9, 2016. Archived from the original on March 12, 2017.
  3. ^ "Maple leaf tulip unveiled to honour Canada's 150". CTV News. May 9, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Canadian Tulip Festival – Marvel at Over a Million Tulips in May".
  5. ^ De Bono, Norman (April 28, 2017). "Home Hardware admits some Canada 150 tulips don't 'look as advertised'". London Free Press. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  6. ^ "Patriotic tulips not delivering on Canada 150 colours". CBC News. May 3, 2017. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  7. ^ "Red-and-white Canada 150 tulips blooming orange for some gardeners". CTV News. May 6, 2017. Retrieved May 19, 2017.

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