The Van Dyke mango was a seedling of ‘Haden’ planted in the 1930s on the property of Madeline Van Dyke, first fruiting in the 1940s. The tree was seen as more productive and anthracnose resistant than Haden giving it some commercial potential. In the 1950s nurseries began to graft it and Van Dyke was planted commercially, eventually being introduced overseas.
The fruit are small-to-medium-sized, oval-shaped with a small beak, and tend to turn red well before maturity, developing some yellow background color as they turn ripe. The flesh is yellow, firm, with a minor amount of fiber, containing a monoembryonic seed. The flavor is sweet, medium-bodied and peachy, belonging to the classic-group and tasting nearly identical to Haden. In fact, we often recommend Van Dyke to customers seeking Haden fruit when they aren’t available because the flavor is so similar. At times in high-nitrogen soils the fruit can develop jelly seed and because of this should be allowed to ripen off the tree. In our sandy soil Van Dyke doesn't seem to have this problem.
The trees are very vigorous growers with long internodes, having an upright growth habit with very open canopy, and are not easy to control for size.
They have reasonably good anthracnose resistance especially compared to Haden, and can produce well in most areas. They are probably moderately prone to bacterial black spot of the fruit.
Van Dyke has a slightly later season, ripening from late June through July.
Country: Florida - USA