The original tree was grown on Pine Island, Florida and grew from a 'Haden' mango seed planted in the 1940s on the property of the Bailey brothers. A 2005 pedigree analysis estimated that 'Bailey's Marvel' was likely a cross between 'Haden' and 'Bombay'. The variety did not become a major commercial cultivar but did become a popular dooryard variety.
'Bailey's Marvel' trees are planted in the collections of the USDA's germplasm repository in Miami, Florida, the University of Florida's Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, Florida, and the Miami-Dade Fruit and Spice Park. The original tree is still standing on Pine Island.
The fruit is shaped very similar to its parent 'Haden' and has a similar flavor with fiberless flesh, averaging about a pound in weight and containing a monoembryonic seed. It ripens from July to mid-August in Florida, making it a mid-season cultivar there.
The trees are moderately vigorous growers and have a reputation for being slightly more cold tolerant than other varieties.
- Cecile T. Olano; Raymond J. Schnell; Wilber E. Quintanilla and Richard J. Campbell (2005). "Pedigree analysis of Florida mango cultivars" (PDF) (118). Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc. pp. 192–197.
- http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/acc/display.pl?1554801 USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
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