Despite being a relatively new release from Gary Zill’s breeding program, Phoenix Mango has already proved itself as a real winner.
Our family enjoyed Phoenix for the first time in 2023 and it quickly became a favorite in our household, loved by two adults, a toddler, and a golden retriever, to the point where we may have to graft one onto one of our existing Carrie trees in the future 😄
With that being said, this grow guide will cover everything that you need to know about Phoenix Mango:
Table of Contents
- Phoenix Mango Tree Growth Habit & Fruit Production
- Phoenix Mango Flavor Profile
- Phoenix Mango Season (And When To Pick)
- Phoenix Mango Disease Resistance
- Phoenix Mango History
- Phoenix Mango Tree For Sale
Phoenix Mango Tree Growth Habit & Fruit Production
The Phoenix Mango is considered a medium to large-sized mango tree.
Phoenix Mangos have a vigorous & upright growth habit that produces an open canopy. As a result, Phoenix can realistically be kept between 10 – 20 feet tall with annual pruning. Due to the tree’s natural vigor & upright limbs, Phoenix would not do well long-term in containers and would not be considered a “condo” mango.
Phoenix’s fruit production consistently ranges from average to good. The mangos themselves are small to medium-sized fruits that typically weigh between 0.7 – 1.3 lbs.
Phoenix Mango Flavor Profile
Phoenix Mangos are considered an Indian Flavored Mango.
To savor Phoenix Mango’s complete range of flavors, it’s best to let the fruit ripen fully before enjoying it. When perfectly ripe and mature, Phoenix Mangos will give off a delightful scent of perfectly sweet mango.
Cutting into the fruit reveals a yellow-orange, fiberless flesh with a juicy and firm texture that instantly melts in your mouth. From a flavor perspective, Phoenix Mango offers a delightful fusion of classic and Indian flavors, infused with a harmonious blend of subtle acidity to complement its perfect level of sweetness. It also boasts an enticing essence of resin and piney-ness. These flavors become more intense when eaten closer to the skin.
Furthermore, the acidity enhances bright, subtle flavors reminiscent of perfectly ripe peaches and hints of lemon notes. Depending on the level of ripeness, you may also detect some tart flavor elements as well.
All in all, the flavor is not incredibly rich but rather a mild and lighter profile that complements the thicker flesh quite well. Compared to other mango varieties I have sampled, Phoenix’s taste is reminiscent of Dot with it’s ‘classic’ mango flavor and subtle dash of spiciness and resin.
This mango’s delightful taste and distinctive qualities unquestionably establish Phoenix as a standout winner 😃
Finally, it’s worth noting that Phoenix Mangos produce monoembryonic seeds, which means that planting a seed from a Phoenix Mango won’t yield another Phoenix Mango Tree.
Phoenix Mango Season (And When To Pick)
Phoenix Mangos are considered a mid-season mango (June – July).
The best time to pick Phoenix Mangos are when they are mature and beginning to ripen on the tree. From a color perspective, this is when the fruit is beginning to show signs of yellow color break. Phoenix is perfectly ripe when the majority of the fruit (that isn’t covered by a pinkish-red blush) transitions to a yellow color.
Phoenix Mangos will commonly display a beautiful pinkish-red blush that can cover anywhere between 25% to 75% of the fruit’s skin. However, 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.
While I personally prioritize a mango’s taste over its ornamental value, there is no denying that Phoenix is one of the most attractive mangos out there.
Aside from color, here are some additional tips to knowing when Phoenix 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? Is it drying up near where it connects to the fruit?
It’s important to note that Phoenix Mango should not be allowed to fully ripen on the tree. From my experience, I have found that Phoenix tends to overripen quickly and develop off flavors when allowed to ripen on the tree.
Phoenix Mango Disease Resistance
Phoenix Mango exhibits resistance to Bacterial Black Spot. However, Phoenix is susceptible to Powdery Mildew & Anthracnose.
As a result, Phoenix 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. By the same token, when grown in more humid areas, it would be prudent to implement an effective disease control program in order to maximize Phoenix Mango’s fruit production.
Phoenix Mango History
The Phoenix Mango (original name #C-26) was first propagated in Boynton Beach, Florida by Gary Zill. Phoenix was originally released for sale to the public in 2017.
The story on why the cultivar was named ‘Phoenix’ is interesting. For those who don’t know, a Phoenix is a mythical bird known for its ability to rise from its own ashes, symbolizing rebirth and renewal.
Like a true Phoenix, the original tree was knocked down by a hurricane and cut back for removal. Both times, the tree came back with a vengeance, producing fruit once more—reborn for the delight of enjoying its fruit!
Phoenix is a seedling of Jakarta. It’s pollinating parent is unknown.
Phoenix Mango Tree For Sale
I have personally never seen Phoenix Mango for sale, but I believe that its ornamental value and uniquely delicious flavors more than compensate for its upright growth habit. If you value the opinion of a random guy on the internet, I would definitely plant a Phoenix if I had the room! 😁
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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