Southern Blush Mango Grow Guide

There is no denying that Southern Blush has got style. This large mango is not only beautiful but also offers a delicious classic mango flavor with a slightly tropical twist.

Assuming that one can properly manage the tree’s enormous disease pressures (#foreshadowing), Southern Blush makes a great ornamental tree whose fruit has a great shelf life that can allow it to be enjoyed by family and friends who may not have access to fresh Florida mangos 😄

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

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Southern Blush Mango Tree Growth Habit & Fruit Production

The Southern Blush Mango is considered a medium to large-sized mango tree.

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

Souther Blush’s fruit production consistently ranges from average to good. While they are not considered a true alternate bearer, I have observed that production can vary from year to year (great year, decent year, etc.).

The mangos themselves are medium to large-sized fruits that typically weigh between 1 – 2 lbs. Furthermore, Southern Blush’s overall shape and color reminds me of a fat Phoenix Mango 🙂

Southern Blush Mango Flavor Profile

Southern Blush Mangos are considered a Classic Flavored Mango.

When perfectly ripe and mature, Southern Blush’s aroma consists of a balanced blend of both slightly resinous notes with sweet mango undertones. Cutting into the fruit reveals a yellow, fiberless flesh with a juicy, firm and smooth texture that is very enjoyable.

When biting into a Southern Blush Mango, one can expect a classic Florida mango flavor that is rich and full. It’s got these light, but distinctive hints of coconut and peaches that also add a sort of southern-tropical twist to the overall flavor.

The sweetness is there, but it’s not overpowering, balanced by a subtle tartness that reminds me of Kent Mango. Additionally, there is also a small amount of resin present, but just enough to give the flavor a little more additional depth.

One thing I really appreciate and have found with Southern Blush is that even when the fruit goes a bit overripe, it doesn’t develop any objectionably-strong off flavors.

Overall, I’d rate the flavor as good, sometimes great, but not quite excellent. Relative to other mangos that I have sampled, Southern Blush reminds me of Spirit of 76, however I personally feel like Spirit of 76 slightly edges it out with an overall more balanced and slightly better flavor

Of course, taste can vary from person to person, so it’s all subjective in the end 😁

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

Southern Blush Mango Season (And When To Pick)

Southern Blush Mangos are considered a mid-season mango (June – July).

The best time to pick Southern Blush Mangos are when they are mature and beginning to ripen on the tree. From a color perspective, this is when the base of the fruit is beginning to show signs of yellow color break. Southern Blush is perfectly ripe when the majority of the fruit transitions to a golden yellow color.

Depending on the fruit’s sun exposure, the fruit may also commonly develop its signature “southern blush; ” a gorgeous and striking red blush that definitely stands out. 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.

An Unripe Southern Blush Mango Hanging On The Tree
Image Credit: Mama Mango

Aside from color, here are some additional tips to knowing when Southern Blush 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?

Finally, one thing that I really appreciate about Southern Blush is that it has a very extended shelf-life. Between this and the beautiful outward appearance, Southern Blush would be an excellent mango to ship to family and friends who may not be able to grow mangos where they live 😃

Southern Blush Mango Disease Resistance

Southern Blush Mango is susceptible to both Anthracnose & Bacterial Black Spot. Furthermore, Southern Blush is also known to have problems with cracking and rotting while still on the tree.

As a result, I would refrain from planting Beverly Mango in very humid areas (such as the Florida Interior)

Southern Blush Mango History

Southern Blush Mango traces its origins back to a seedling found beneath an Eldon tree on Laurence Zill’s property in Boynton Beach, Florida, where it fruited for the first time in the 1960s.

The name “Southern Blush” was bestowed upon the cultivar because it was the southernmost planted mango on Zill’s property and it acquired a striking red blush when bathed in full sunlight.

Below is an excerpt on the history of Southern Blush Mango from Walter Zill’s autobiography:

A seedling from Eldon which volunteered beneath Dad’s tree at the south end of the eastern row in his Boynton grove. I am fond of its generous size, shape, color, texture, flavor, and the fact that it can become very ripe without developing the repulsive flavor associated with many overly ripe mango fruit, including Haden, Zill, Tommy Atkins, Kent, Keitt, and a host of others.

In fact, my criteria of a mango includes how my taste perceives its flavor when riper than it should have been allowed to reach. It is a personal taste matter, yet worthy of mention, that a box of ripening Southern Blush were forgotten in the trunk of a dark blue automobile that was parked in the sun.

By the time I remembered them many days later their outer surface had become oily to touch, and appeared unfit due to change of color, yet when I sampled the pulp I found it very good flavored, not what I would term “rancid”, or “soured”; however, even that variety has limits to maintain good flavor.

Walter Zill, Maturing With Mangoes

Southern Blush Mango Tree For Sale

Unfortunately, due to the fact that Southern Blush can be vigorous tree that and also has quite a few disease issues, they can become hard to source.

Even Tropical Acres Farms (my usually go-to recommendation for buying mango trees) doesn’t have a Southern Blush Mango Tree anymore for those aforementioned reasons. And for Alex not to have at least one tree in his grove of this variety really volumes to whether one should plant a Southern Blush!

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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