Bailey’s Marvel is a Haden-seedling from Bokeelia, FL named after the Bailey brothers who once grew mangos on Pine Island. The original tree still stands there to this day!
Pedigree analysis has indicated that its pollinating parent may have been ‘Bombay’, to which it does have a similar fruit shape and foliage. Bailey’s Marvel trees are very vigorous growers with spreading canopies. They tend to produce well near the coast, but encounter fungus problems deeper into the interior. It does appear to be resistant to mango bacterial black spot diease, however.
The fruit are medium-to-large sized, typically over a pound, with a round shape. They have beautiful orange-red color when sun exposed.
The eating quality is superb, and though its classic-group flavor is often compared to Haden, the flesh is fiber-free and definitely sweeter than its parent, with slightly more complexity. The seed is monoembryonic.
Bailey's Marvel is an early-to-midseason mango for us with an extended window, usually ripening between May and July. Its greatest drawback is its short shelf-life, limiting its commercial potential, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming one of the more popular varieties we grow.