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Cucumis melo 'Yubari King'

Family Name: Cucurbitaceae
Full Sun: 6-8h Moderate Water Fruit & Vegetable Climber, Vine and Liana


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Climber, Vine & Liana


Local Conservation Status Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Herbaceous vine with a creeping growth form.
Foliage Leaves are large and bean-shaped.
Flowers Yellow flowers are composed of 5 wrinkled, oval to egg-shaped petals.
Fruits Fruits are round with a netted texture. Fruits ripen with a few days of harvest, turning from greyish green to greenish yellow. The flesh is orange, juicy and sweet.
Taxonomy This cultivar was first created in 1961 by crossing 2 cultivars known as Spicy Cantaloupe and Earl's Favorite.
Ethnobotanical Uses Edible Plant Parts (Edible Fruits)
Food (Fruit & Vegetable : This cultivar is grown in the town of Yubari in Hokkaido, Japan. The name 'Yubari King' is trademarked, so that only melons grown in Yubari are allowed to be labelled as Yubari King melons. The fruit is among the most expensive in the world, fetching a usual price of 60-120 SGD per melon and upwards of 30,000 SGD for the best fruits harvested at the beginning of the season. )

Landscaping Features

Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
Thematic Landscaping Economic Garden

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Reniform)
Foliar Venation Palmate
Foliar Margin Dentate
Foliar Apex - Tip Rounded
Foliar Base Cordate

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality 1 Unisexual & Bisexual Flowers(Sub-dioecious)
Flower Colour(s) Yellow / Golden
Flower Texture(s) Wrinkled
Flower Grouping Solitary
Flower Location Axillary
Flower Symmetry Radial

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Mature Fruit Colour(s) - Angiosperms and Gymnosperms Cream / Off-White
Mature Fruit Texture(s) Rough
Fruit Classification Simple Fruit
Fruit Type 1 Fleshy Fruit
Fruit Type 2 Non-Accessory Fruit
Mature Seed Colour(s) Cream / Off-White
Mature Seed Texture(s) Smooth
Seed Quantity Per Fruit Numerous (>20)

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Master ID 32254
Species ID 6662
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.