The original tree was reportedly grown from a 'Haden' mango seed planted on the property of Peter and Irene Lippens in Miami, Florida in 1931. The tree first fruited in 1938, and commercial propagation began in 1945. A 2005 pedigree analysis indicated that 'Lippens' was indeed a seedling of 'Haden'.
'Lippens' was described by the Florida Mango Forum in 1947, and noted for its eating quality, good production, and disease resistance. Thus it was considered to have good commercial potential. Though it never became widely commercially grown, the variety was sold on a limited scale as a nursery tree for home growers in Florida. 'Lippens' is also a parent of several Florida mangoes, including 'Irwin', 'Jewel', and 'Golden Lippens'.
'Lippens' 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, also in Homestead.
'Lippens' fruit has an ovate to oblong shape and averages about a pound in weight at maturity. The apex is rounded and lacks a beak. The skin is yellow at maturity and develops a pink or crimson blush. The flesh is deep yellow in color. It is sweet, fiberless, and contains a monoembryonic seed. The fruit typically ripens from late June to July in Florida.
The trees are vigorous growers, growing to medium size with compact and dense canopies.
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- http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/acc/display.pl?1598245 USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
- Friends of the Fruit & Spice Park - Plant and Tree List 2008[dead link]
- Campbell, Richard J. (1992). A Guide to Mangos in Florida. Fairchild Tropical Garden. p. 101. ISBN 0-9632264-0-1.