Watermelon Cultivars (D-G)

To cultivars (Ca-Cz, H-J)

Hundreds of watermelon cultivars have been developed for use in the U.S. over the last few centuries by public and private plant breeders.

Below, the following information (when available) is given for each cultivar: fruit photograph, cultivar name, experimental designation, breeder, vendor, parentage, characteristics, resistances, similar cultivars, adaptation, and year of release.

Dark Icing – Vendor: D.M. Ferry. 1888.

Delta Queen (FMX 13) – Breeder and vendor: Ferry-Morse Seed Co. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, large, oblong, dark-green fruit with narrow black-green stripes. Similar: Chilean Black-Seeded. Adaptation: wide. 1985.

Diamond King – Breeder and vendor: Hollar and Co. Characteristics: F1 hybrid. Adaptation: midwestern and southern United States. 1985.

Dixie Queen – Breeder: Johnson. Vendor: Stokes Seed Co. Parentage: Cuban Queen x Kolb Gem. Characteristics: round fruit 30-40 lb., pink flesh, white seeds, narrow dark green stripes over light green rind. 1890.

Dixie Queen Hybrid – Breeder and vendor: Peto-Hollar Co., Rocky Ford, Colo. Parentage: closed. Characteristics: F1 hybrid. Similar: Dixie Queen. Resistance: fusarium wilt. Adaptation: wide. Peto-Hollar Catalog. 1953.

Dixielee (Florida 75-1) – Breeder: Agric. Research Center, University of Florida, Leesburg. Parentage: Texas W5, Fusarium wilt Resistant Peacock, Fairfax, Summit, and Graybelle. Characteristics: round fruit with Jubilee stripes that weigh 18-22 lb, flesh is firm and a very deep red color, flesh quality is excellent. Resistance: fusarium wilt race 1, anthracnose race 1. 1979.

Dokodoko – Breeder and vendor: Dept. of Hort., University of Science and Tech., Kumasi, Ghana. Parentage: selection of F1 hybrid Top Yield. Characteristics: fruit similar to Charleston Gray but is longer and lighter green, flesh is crisp and red with very small brown seeds, relatively thick rind makes for better shipping than Sugar Baby. 1978.

Domek (XP 772) – Breeder and vendor: Asgrow Seed Co. Characteristics: open pollinated. Similar: Chilean Black. PVP certificate No. 8000166. 1980.

Dumara (Nun 6485) – Breeder and vendor: Nunhems. Characteristics: oblong fruit shape with rind and color like Crimson Sweet, fruit weigh 14-16 kg, good shipping quality with dark red and crispy flesh and small seeds. Resistance: fusarium wilt race 1. 1991.

Dunbarton – Breeder: USDA and South Carolina Agr. Expt. Sta., Charleston and Clemson. Parentage: (African x Iowa Belle) x Garrison. Characteristics: large, long, late, dark green, hard rind; seed white with dark tip. Resistance: anthracnose. Similar: Tom Watson. Adaptation: southern United States. 1953.

Early Jubilee (PSX 33484) – Breeder and vendor: Petoseed Co. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, early maturing with high yield capability and large, uniform fruit. Resistance: fusarium wilt and anthracnose. 1990.

Early Midget – Breeder and vendor: Petoseed Co., Saticoy, Calif. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, early ice-box type. Adaptation: northeastern and midwestern United States and southern Canada. The Peto Story, Petoseed Co. 1959.

Early Resistant Queen – Breeder: Iowa. Parentage: Early Market Queen x Hawkesbury. 1945.

Excel – Breeder: D.H. Gilbert of Monticello, Florida. Characteristics: poorly fixed hybrid. 1906.

Fairfax – Breeder: Southeastern Vegetable Breeding Laboratory, USDA, Charleston, S.C. Parentage: Garrison x (African x Iowa Belle) x (Leesburg x Hawkesbury). Resistance: anthracnose and fusarium wilt. Similar: Garrison. Adaptation: southeastern United States. 1952.

Family Fun – Breeder and vendor: Petoseed Co. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, early maturing, oblong, light-green skin with dark-green stripes; sweet red flesh, average size 20 pounds. Resistance: fusarium wilt, anthracnose, and mildew. Adaptation: general. Petoseed Catalog 1973.

Far North – Breeder and vendor: Fischer Seed Co. Parentage: Sugar Bush x Peacock. Characteristics: dark green fruit, 6-8 lb., bright red flesh, black seeds; many off-types.

Faribo Hybrid 57 – Breeder and vendor: Farmer Seed and Nursery Co., Fairbault, Minn. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, very early, high yield, excellent flavor; thin rind; weight 7 to 10 pounds. Resistance: fusarium wilt. Similar: Early Russian. Adaptation: northern tier of states. Farmer Seed and Nursery, 8 Sept. 1954.

Fiesta (NVH 4298) – Breeder and vendor: Northrup, King and Co. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, Allsweet or Calsweet type, excellent quality, bright red flesh with high sugars, dark green rind with light green stripes, fruit weigh 22-25 lb, good yields with multiple harvests. Resistance: fusarium wilt race 0; tolerance to race 1, anthracnose. Similar: Sangria and Allsweet. 1991.

Florida Favorite – Parentage: Pierson x unknown male parent (Georgia Rattlesnake?). Characteristics: oval shape fruit, green rind, pink flesh. Similar: Georgia Rattlesnake?. 1887.

Fusarium Wilt Resistant Dixie Queen – Breeder: Duke V. Layton, Hemet, Calif. Vendor: J.C. Robinson Seed Co., Waterloo, Neb. Parentage: Dixie Queen crossed on Hawkesbury at Oskaloosa, Iowa, in 1936. Characteristics: similar to Dixie Queen, except that it has resistance to fusarium wilt; medium large white seed and a thicker, tougher rind. Similar: Dixie Queen. Adaptation: most of the United States except west of the Rocky Mountains. 1943.

Garrisonian (No. 51-23W) – Breeder: USDA, Southeastern Vegetable Breeding Laboratory, Charleston, S.C. Parentage: (((Africa 8 x Iowa Belle) x Garrison) x Garrison) x ((Hawkesbury x Leesburg) x Garrison). Characteristics: large size; hard rind; superior flesh. Resistance: one form of anthracnose sunburn. Similar: Garrison. Adaptation: southern and eastern United States. Seedsmen’s Digest. Dec. 1957.

Genesis (SSC 460015) – Breeder and vendor: Shamrock. Characteristics: triploid, highly prolific seedless watermelon with dark green stripes over a medium green rind, flesh is crisp, bright red and very sweet. Similar: Jack of Hearts. 1992.

Georgia Fusarium Wilt Resistant – Breeder: Georgia Expt. Sta., Experiment, GA. Vendor: H.G. Hastings, Georgia Expt. Sta. Parentage: Cuban Queen x Iowa Belle. Characteristics: short blocky to near round, dark green, 25 to 30 pounds, thin rind, good red flesh, fine grained with few strings. Resistance: fusarium wilt. Southern Seedsman, Jan. 1943.

Georgia Rattlesnake – 1870.

Georgia Wilt Resistant – Parentage: Cuban Queen x Iowa Belle.

Golden Anniversary – Parentage: Wikara x Kleckley. Characteristics: sweet.

Golden Honey Cream (Honey Cream) – Breeder and vendor: Robson Quality Seeds, Hall, N.Y. Parentage: introduced as Honey Cream in 1937; selected from badly mixed strain from Japan Seed Co. by a program of selfing and selecting; have true, deep yellow stock. Characteristics: early maturing, deep golden yellow flesh with excellent flavor and sweetness. Adaptation: Maine to Florida. Robson Catalog. 1954.

Golden Midget – Breeder and vendor: New Hampshire Agr. Expt. Sta., Durham. Parentage: New Hampshire Midget x Pumpkin Rind. Characteristics: orange-colored rind when ripe, dark-colored seeds, 70 day maturity. Similar: New Hampshire Midget in size and shape. Adaptation: wide. N.H. Agr. Expt. Sta. Bul No. 440. 1959.

Graybelle (59-7) – Breeder: Veg. Breeding Laboratory, USDA, Charleston, S.C. Parentage: Sugar Baby x Charleston Gray sister line. Characteristics: early, medium size, round, gray. Resistance: anthracnose race 1 and sunburn. Adaptation: general. USDA, May 1963.

Greengem (XPH 5359) – Breeder and vendor: Asgrow. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, Sugar Baby type, round, with a dark green rind and red flesh, sweet with small seeds, early maturing. Resistance: fusarium wilt race 1. Similar: Sugar Baby. 1988.