Fruit Punch Mango Grow Guide

A Ripe Fruit Punch Mango
Image Credit: Miami Fruit

If you have fond memories of enjoying the flavors of Hawaiian Punch, HI-C, and fruit cups during your childhood, then you’re in for a delightful treat with this mango.

As the name implies, this delicious mango offers a unique taste profile, combining a medley of various fruit flavors that will keep you coming back for more 😊

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

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Fruit Punch Mango Tree Growth Habit & Fruit Production

The Fruit Punch Mango is considered a medium to large-sized mango tree.

A Young Fruit Punch Mango Tree
Image Credit: Clark Family Orchards

Fruit Punch Mango Trees have a moderately vigorous & upright growth habit that produces an open canopy. As a result, Fruit Punch can realistically be kept between 10 – 20 feet tall with annual pruning. With that being said, Fruit Punch would not do well long-term in containers and would not be considered a “condo” mango.

Fruit Punch mango trees share a growth habit similar to Kent, but with a less sprawling nature. They are less vigorous than varieties like Valencia Pride or Haden, resulting in an overall pleasing and full shape.

A Fruit Punch Mango Tree In Bloom
Image Credit: Rare Fruit Farms

Fruit Punch’s fruit production consistently ranges from good to heavy. The mangos themselves are medium-sized fruits that typically weigh between 1 – 1.5 lbs.

Fruit Punch Mango Flavor Profile

Fruit Punch Mangos are considered a Classic Flavored Mango.

While I prioritize taste over appearance when it comes to mangoes, I can’t deny the beauty of a perfectly ripe Fruit Punch Mango. To me, they resemble what I’d image dragon eggs to look like, with a fiery red top and a vibrant yellow or green bottom.

A Perfectly Ripe Fruit Punch Mango with a slice cut out
Image Credit: Clark Family Orchards

As you cut into the fruit, you’ll be greeted by a sweet, syrupy aroma reminiscent of Hawaiian Punch. The flesh of the fruit is a vibrant yellowish-orange and has a firm texture, somewhat like a pear. While it’s not as soft and creamy as some other mango varieties, the completely fiberless and juicy flesh is still highly enjoyable.

When it comes to the mango’s flavor, its name is a fitting and evocative descriptor of what awaits your taste buds.

The Fruit Punch Mango offers a delightful combination of sweetness and classic mango flavor. Its ideal level of acidity adds complexity, resulting in a well-balanced taste that brings to mind various fruit flavors, including hints of lemon, pineapple, and green grapes. This unique blend of flavors gives it a sweetness akin to enjoying a fruit cup or sipping on Hawaiian Punch.

When I think about other mangoes I’ve tried with a similar array of ‘fruity flavors,’ ST Maui and Fruit Cocktail are the ones that immediately spring to mind. However, I must say that Fruit Punch’s overall flavor profile reminds me most of Kent, Jakarta, and perhaps even Bailey’s Marvel.

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

Fruit Punch Mango Season (And When To Pick)

Fruit Punch Mangos are considered a mid-late season mango (July – Aug).

One great thing about Fruit Punch mangoes is their extended season. Unlike some varieties like Lemon Meringue, where all the fruit ripens closely together, Fruit Punch mangoes ripen progressively, allowing for a more extended enjoyment throughout their season.

Several Fruit Punch Mangos Hanging off the Tree
Image Credit: Rare Fruit Farms

Like many specialty mangos that we discuss, Fruit Punch Mangos have a brief window of exceptional flavor. To savor them at their best, it’s crucial to pick them at the right moment. Luckily, determining the right time to harvest Fruit Punch mangos is straightforward.

With that being said, the best time to pick Fruit Punch Mangos are when they are mature and beginning to ripen on the tree. From a color perspective, this is when the bottom of the fruit starts shifting from green to a greenish-yellow hue. Fruit Punch is perfectly ripe when the majority of the fruit (not covered by a red blush) transitions to a yellow color.

Despite developing a strong 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.

A Mature and Ripe Fruit Punch Mango
Image Credit: Sulcata Grove

In addition to color changes, here are some additional tips to knowing when a Fruit Punch Mango is ready to harvest:

  • Is the fruit beginning to soften?
  • How does the stem look? It’s it drying up near where it connects to the fruit?
  • Are there beads of sap present on the fruit?
  • Are little dots/pores beginning to form on the fruit?

Thanks to the robust skin of the Fruit Punch Mango, issues related to fruit drop are typically not a concern. If you prefer letting your fruit fully ripen on the tree, the only challenge you might encounter are the four-legged thieves 😊

Fruit Punch Mango History

The Fruit Punch Mango was first propagated in Boynton Beach, Florida by Gary Zill.

Fruit Punch Mango is a seedling of Zill 80, which itself is a direct descendant of the Kent. Its pollinating parent is believed to be Jakarta Mango.

Fruit Punch is a sibling to Super Alphonso, Carla & Edgar.

Fruit Punch Mango Disease Resistance

Because Fruit Punch has genetics from the Kent Mango, it can be somewhat susceptible to Bacterial Black Spot.

Fruit Punch Mango Tree For Sale

Due to its recent surge in popularity, locating a Fruit Punch Mango Tree for sale can be quite challenging. In my personal experience, I’ve never come across one in the local nurseries I regularly visit.

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!

Conclusion

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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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