Pina Colada Mango Grow Guide

Two Pina Colada Mangos Hanging on the Tree
Image Credit: Sulcata Grove

Some of my favorite mangos are the ones that are in the pineapple and coconut flavor groups.

So when I had the opportunity to taste Pina Colada Mango, I was blown away. This mango had a unique combination of mango, coconut and pineapple flavors that tasted extremely tropical. It was DELICIOUS.

Oh, and did I mention that it’s also a small tree?

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

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Pina Colada Mango Tree Growth Habit & Fruit Production

The Pina Colada Mango is considered a small-sized mango tree.

Pina Colada Mango Trees have a low vigor & compact growth habit that produces a dense canopy. As a result, Pina Colada can realistically be kept between 6 – 10 feet tall with annual pruning. With that being said, Pina Colada would do well long-term in containers and would be considered a “condo” mango.

A Young Pina Colada Mango Tree
Image Credit: D’s Fruit Trees LLC

Pina Colada’s fruit production consistently ranges from fair to average. In addition to Pina Colada not being particularly precocious, they also tend to have lower levels of fruit production due to the fact that the tree produces an unfavorable ratio of male to female flowers; reducing pollination and overall fruit set.

The mangos themselves are small-sized fruits that typically weigh between 0.5 – 0.7 lbs. Although slightly larger than Gary Mango (one of its parents), Pina Colada also has a less favorable flesh-to-seed ratio, primarily due to its larger seed.

Pina Colada Mango Flavor Profile

Pina Colada Mangos are considered a Coconut Flavored Mango.

The scent of a perfectly ripe Pina Colada Mango can be truly intoxicating, with distinct coconut and pineapple notes reminiscent of an actual Pina Colada. Its yellow, fiberless flesh boasts a creamy texture akin to other tropical-flavored mangos such as Coconut Cream, Orange Sherbet, and Sugarloaf.

A Very Young Pina Colada Mango Hanging on the Tree
Image Credit: Sulcata Grove

Pina Colada Mango offers an exceptionally rich, complex, and sweet flavor, akin to candy. Its taste strikes a delightful balance between sweetness and acidity, much like a perfectly ripe homegrown pineapple or a Pineapple Pleasure Mango.

What’s intriguing about Pina Colada Mango is that to fully experience the Pina Colada flavor, you must allow the mango to ripen to an extraordinary degree. At this stage, it becomes an explosion of coconut and pineapple flavors, reaching a level of intensity akin to the Sweet Tart Mango.

Two Pina Colada Mangos Hanging on the Tree
Image Credit: Sulcata Grove

At a standard ripeness level, Pina Colada Mango offers a firmer texture and a flavor more reminiscent of Dot Mango, its other parent. If you detect tartness in the mango’s flavor, you may have enjoyed it slightly before its peak ripeness 🙂

In summary, Pina Colada is an exceptional mango. Sure, it’s small… but the intensity of its flavor is all you need. If you have a penchant for the coconut and pineapple flavor profiles and wish to extend your mango season, consider the following list of other mango varieties:

Finally, it’s worth noting that Pina Colada Mangos produce polyembryonic seeds, which means that planting a seed from a Pina Colada Mango can yield another Pina Colada Mango Tree.

Pina Colada Mango Season (And When To Pick)

Pina Colada Mangos are considered a mid-season mango (June – July).

Pina Colada Mangos can be a bit challenging to assess for ripeness because their skin may display both green and yellow hues. Nevertheless, their forgiving nature allows them to be enjoyed even when overripe, making them more forgiving than mangos like Sugarloaf.

A Ripe and Mature Pina Colada Mango
Image Credit: Tropical Acres Farms

With that being said, the best time to pick Pina Colada 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 transition from green to a greenish-yellow color. Pina Colada is perfectly ripe when the majority of the fruit transitions to a mild yellow color.

While they can be left to ripen on the tree, they will begin to emit a tropical aroma that is not only enticing to you but also to other furry creatures 🙂

With that being said, here are some additional tips to knowing when Pina Colada is ready to pick:

  • 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?
  • Is the outward facing piece of the fruit starting to develop a yellowish tint?
  • Are little dots/pores beginning to form on the fruit?

Finally, Pina Colada Mangos are a great choice for front yards or areas where mango theft is a concern. Their predominantly green appearance throughout most of their growth, with a shift to yellow just a few days before ripeness, makes them an excellent option. This is the same logic I use in my front yard with Carrie Mangos!

Pina Colada Mango Disease Resistance

The flowers of the Pina Colada Mango can be somewhat susceptible to both Anthracnose and Powdery Mildew.

As a result, I would refrain from planting Pina Colada Mango in very humid areas (such as the Florida Interior). That being said, Pina Colada can thrive in yards with a sea breeze closer to the coast or in drier areas.

If growing in a less than ideal environment, it’s important to stay on top of disease management. For more information, check out the Ultimate Guide to Growing Mango Trees.

Pina Colada Mango History

The Pina Colada Mango was first propagated in Boynton Beach, Florida by Gary Zill. Pina Colada Mango was officially released to the public in 2012.

Pina Colada is a seedling of Dot Mango. It’s pollinating parent is Gary Mango.

Pina Colada is also a sibling of Coconut Cream, Pineapple Pleasure, Cotton Candy, M-4, and Honey Kiss.

Pina Colada Mango Tree For Sale

As is the case with many mangos in the coconut and pineapple flavor groups, I have never personally seen one for sale at the 4 – 5 local nurseries that I frequently visit in my county.

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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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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