Dwarf Hawaiian Mango Grow Guide

When it comes to early season mangos, my favorite by far is Dwarf Hawaiian.

That is because Dwarf Hawaiian is essentially an early season Julie/Carrie…. and if I can get that type of flavor as early as March/April, then I consider that a win for me 😀

With that being said, this grow guide will cover everything that you need to know about Dwarf Hawaiian Mango:

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Dwarf Hawaiian Mango Tree Growth Habit & Fruit Production

The Dwarf Hawaiian Mango is considered a small-sized mango tree.

Dwarf Hawaiian Mangos have a slow & compact growth habit that produces a dense canopy. In fact, Dwarf Hawaiian is considered a true dwarf mango tree can realistically be kept between 6 – 10 feet tall with annual pruning. Due to the tree’s lack of vigor and natural compactness, Dwarf Hawaiian would do well long-term in containers and would be considered a “condo” mango.

Despite being a compact grower, Dwarf Hawaiian is very precocious and is also an enthusiastic bloomer due to their sensitivity to small changes in the weather. The end result is that it’s very common for Dwarf Hawaiian to set multiple crops – one extremely early in the season (usually one of the first varieties to start producing fruit) and another more towards the middle of the season.

With that being said, the later crops usually tend to taste superior to the early season crop. However, I’m also not going to complain about getting mangos as early as March/April 😄

As a result, Dwarf Hawaiian’s fruit production consistently ranges from good to heavy. The mangos themselves are small-sized fruits that typically weigh between 0.5 – 1.0 lbs. Despite being a smaller fruit, Dwarf Hawaiian also has a small seed so that it has a fairly proportional flesh-to-seed ratio.

However, where Dwarf Hawaiian lacks in size, they make up for in early ripening and delicious sweetness 😄

Dwarf Hawaiian Mango Flavor Profile

Dwarf Hawaiian Mangos are considered a Coconut Flavored Mango.

When perfectly ripe and mature, Dwarf Hawaiian will give off a very aromatic and sweet mango aroma. Cutting into the fruit reveals dense, yellow flesh with a juicy and creamy texture. Dwarf Hawaiian does possess a moderate amount of fiber, but it is not objectionable by any means.

From a flavor perspective, Dwarf Hawaiian Mango offers a classic Indian taste that boasts a delightful and robust profile, infused with an ideal balance of spices and sweetness, creating a sweet-spicy flavor. The taste is also rich, reminiscent of a fruit cocktail, with a traditional mango base and prominent coconut accents.

Dwarf Hawaiian is perfect for those who love Julie Mango; while it’s not an exact 1:1 flavor profile, I would consider it an “early season Julie” that can satisfy the craving for those eagerly awaiting Julie 😄 For those who haven’t tried Julie, another fair comparison I would make is that it tastes like a Carrie Mango but with a bit of fiber.

With that being said, if you don’t like any fiber/spiciness at all… then Dwarf Hawaiian may not be for you.

Finally, it’s worth noting that Dwarf Hawaiian Mangos produce monoembryonic seeds, which means that planting a seed from a Dwarf Hawaiian Mango won’t yield another Dwarf Hawaiian Mango Tree.

Dwarf Hawaiian Mango Season (And When To Pick)

Dwarf Hawaiian Mangos are considered an early to mid-season mango (April – July).

Similar to other mango varieties with extended seasons, the earlier season fruit is usually inferior in taste to the later season fruit. As a result, Dwarf Hawaiian Mangos that are picked in June/July are usually much sweeter and are much more likely to have the delicious Indian flavor that they are known for.

With that being said, ALL super-early season mangos are delicious if there is nothing else around 😜

The best time to pick Dwarf Hawaiian Mangos are when they are mature and beginning to ripen on the tree.  From a color perspective, this is when the fruit is either mature green or when the fruit is beginning to show signs of yellow color break. Dwarf Hawaiian is perfectly ripe when the majority of the fruit turns a greenish-yellow to full yellow color

Despite commonly developing a red blush, it’s important to remember that a mango’s blush has nothing to do with the fruit’s ripeness. A rule of thumb to remember is that More Sun = More Blush, Less Sun = Less Blush.

Aside from color, here are some additional tips to knowing when Dwarf Hawaiian Mango is ready to pick:

  • Is the fruit beginning to soften ever so slightly?
  • Is the fruit beginning to emit a sweet, fruity aroma?
  • Is the fruit full-sized and has a plump appearance?
  • How does the stem look? It’s it drying up near where it connects to the fruit?

A common issue that can occur with Dwarf Hawaiian is susceptibility to fruit splitting following periods of heavy rainfall. To prevent fruit splitting, it’s crucial to maintain regular irrigation, ensuring that the tree remains well-hydrated and the fruit’s skin retains its flexibility. This way, even during heavy rains, the fruit on the tree won’t be overwhelmed by the excessive moisture.

Finally, it’s worth noting that Dwarf Hawaiian is not known for its extended shelf life and should be consumed soon after harvesting from the tree. Otherwise, the fruit will rapidly become overripe and develop off flavors.

Dwarf Hawaiian Mango Disease Resistance

Probably the worst thing about Dwarf Hawaiian is that it has terrible disease resistance. More specifically, Dwarf Hawaiian Mango is very prone to Anthracnose.

As a result, Dwarf Hawaiian would not be a good cultivar to grow in more humid areas and should instead be planted in drier areas, such as along the coast. That being said, when grown in more humid areas, it would be prudent to implement a disease control program in order to maximize Dwarf Hawaiian Mango’s fruit production.

Dwarf Hawaiian Mango History

Despite the name, Dwarf Hawaiian Mango actually came from Puerto Rico and is known there as “Tete Nene.”

However, Dwarf Hawaiian got its name from Gary Zill. The story goes that he imported it from Hawaii in the 1990s, and when it arrived, the tree didn’t have a proper tag. Because it was a small tree that came from Hawaii… he proceeded to name it ‘Dwarf Hawaiian.’

Dwarf Hawaiian is speculated to be a seedling of Julie Mango. It’s pollinating parent is unknown.

Dwarf Hawaiian is also a sibling to Super Julie, Little Gem, Juliette, Sophie Fry & Graham.

Dwarf Hawaiian Mango Tree For Sale

Because Dwarf Hawaiian is a dwarf mango tree that tastes very similar to Julie, they are fairly popular and quite easy to find for sale. I personally see Dwarf Hawaiian for sale every time I shop at my local nurseries.

With that being said, if you are unable to find one at a local nursery, your next best option is checking out Tropical Acres Farms (not sponsored). They are the only legit place online (from my experience) that you are getting exactly what you are paying for. 

They have over 300 varieties of mangos available. You can either order budwood to graft yourself or submit a grafting request to have a grafted tree created for you. They do ship!


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Matthew Rowlings

I have an Associates Degree in Biology from the University of Florida and am also an active Florida Master Gardener. I am located in Central Florida (Zone 10A) and have 6+ years of experience with growing 20+ types of tropical trees. You can learn more about me and why I started Tropical Tree Guide on my about page.

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