Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis

Scientific name

Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis

Common name

Hybrid green couch

Other names (PBR name, trademark, breeder code)

Tifton 419


Tifway is a fine-textured bybrid green couch variety that was selected on the basis that it produced a darker green colour and possessed stiff leaves, earlier spring growth, greater resistance to frost and to sod webworm [Herpetogramma licarsisalis (Walker)] and mole cricket [Gryllotalpa orientalis (= africana) Burmeister], better herbicide tolerance; the variety does not shed pollen (Anderson and Sharp, 1995). Tifway forms a dense turf canopy with a prostrate medium to low growth habit.

Other comments

Tifway is still widely used in the USA and features within many high profile sports venues and stadiums. Tifway tolerates close mowing. Tifway is sterile (producing no viable seed).

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Available in Sod/turf
Turf price range (per m2) $8.00 - $9.00
Use Golf or bowls and Sports fields and Parks and Residential
Suitable climate classification Subtropical
Preferred mowing height 10mm - 30mm
Shade tolerance Poor
Wear tolerance Good
Cold tolerance Moderate
Heat tolerance Moderate
Salinity tolerance Poor
Water requirement Low
Fertiliser requirement Moderate
Mowing frequency Low
Thatch production Low
Facebook N/A
References Read more  
  • Anderson, J. and Sharp, W.C. (1995). Grass Varieties in the United States, CRC Press Inc., Boca Raton, Florida.
  • Burton, G.W. (1960). ‘Tifway bermudagrass’, USGA Journal and Turf Management, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 28-30.
  • Burton, G.W. (1996). Tifway (Tifton 419) bermudagrass. Crop Science, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 93-94.
  • Roche, M.B. (2013). Characterisation of vegetative bermudagrasses (Cynodon spp.) for turf use in Australia, MPhil thesis, University of Queensland, St Lucia.

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