The Carrie Mango cultivar comes from South Florida in the 1940s when it was grown as a seedling by gardener Laurence Zill, and named after his mother. Carrie Mangoes were first grown commercially in 1949 and they were quickly found to have both sweet creamy fruits and good disease and fungus resistance. The Carrie fruits are small, about one pound each, and have green skin that blushes yellow when ripe. Their orange flesh is juicy and smooth with a spiced, aromatic flavor that is a true culinary treasure of the tropics.
Carrie Mango Trees grow into a dense, rounded form and they have leaves that are slightly wider than other mango varieties, which makes for a handsome shade tree in the edible garden. In addition to the thick canopy of wide leaves, new foliage growth on the Carrie Mango Tree is deep purple-red. They can be grown in the ground in USDA Zones 9 to 11, or in containers within Zones 4 to 11. The compact size of up to 15-feet tall and 12-feet wide means you can plant one in almost any yard, and this variety can make fruit in as little as 3 years in the ground.