Palmer (mango)

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Mangifera 'Palmer'
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Display of 'Palmer' fruit at the Redland Summer Fruit Festival, Fruit and Spice Park, Homestead, Florida
Hybrid parentage'Haden' × unknown
OriginFlorida, USA

The 'Palmer' mango is a large, commercially grown late-season mango cultivar that originated in south Florida.


The original tree was grown from a seed planted around 1925 on the property of Mrs. Victor Mell of Miami, Florida. For the following decades Palmer's parentage was unknown, however a 2005 pedigree analysis estimated Palmer was a seedling of Haden.[1] The variety was first propagated in 1945 and officially named in 1949. It gained some commercial acceptance in Florida and is still grown on a limited commercial basis in the state today, as well as areas outside the United States such as Africa[2] and Australia.[3]

Palmer trees are planted in the collections of the USDA's germplasm repository in Miami,[4] the University of Florida's Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, Florida,[5] and the Miami–Dade Fruit and Spice Park,[6] also in Homestead.


The fruit is large, with especially big specimens reaching several pounds in weight. Coloration tends to be yellow with red blush when ripe; the fruit will turn purple long before becoming mature, sometimes leading to immature fruits being picked. The flesh is orange-yellow and has a mild and aromatic flavor, with minimal fiber, and contains a monoembryonic seed.[7] It ripens from July to early September in Florida, making it a late-season cultivar.

The trees are moderately vigorous growers and have upright canopies.


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-06-18. Retrieved 2010-05-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2010-04-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Mango variety: Palmer". Archived from the original on 2010-03-30. Retrieved 2010-04-13.
  4. ^ USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
  5. ^ Archived 2018-04-08 at the Wayback Machine Page 3, #76
  6. ^ "Friends of the Fruit & Spice Park - Plant and Tree List 2008". Archived from the original on 2011-08-09. Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  7. ^ Campbell, Richard J. (1992). A Guide to Mangos in Florida. Fairchild Tropical Garden. p. 137. ISBN 0-9632264-0-1.

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