For instance, "the color of the watermelon is red and green", or should one say "the colors of the watermelon are red and green"?

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    In practice your example usage is perfectly common, but the odd pedant might prefer the colouring of the watermelon - precisely because of the apparent singular/plural clash that's bothering you (but which doesn't bother the average native Anglophone). – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Mar 14 '19 at 15:21

the color of the watermelon is red and green

Is technically incorrect, but widely accepted and understood. One could also say more simply

The watermelon is colored red and green

or even just

The watermelon is red and green

since those will be understood as colors.

The watermelon is green.

could mean that it is unripe, rather than green in color.

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