The original tree grew from a seed planted in 1932 on the property of John G. Kaiser of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Kaiser was the police chief as well as the clerk of the court for Ft. Lauderdale. The tree was believed to be a seedling of the 'Saigon' mango, however a 2005 pedigree analysis estimated that 'Haden' was the likely parent, but this is complicated by the fact that 'Florigon' is a polyembryonic mango. The name 'Florigon' was a combination of 'Florida' and 'Saigon'. The tree first fruited in 1936.
Initially, 'Florigon' did not receive widespread attention but later on it has become recognized for its excellent flavor, good production characteristics, and disease resistance. The original 'Florigon' tree is still standing in Ft. Lauderdale!
The fruit is small and ovate in shape, averaging less than a pound in weight. At maturity it is almost entirely yellow, sometimes with some light blush. The yellow flesh is sweet, mild, and non-fibrous, containing a polyembryonic seed.'Florigon' fruit matures from May to July in Florida.
The trees are moderately vigorous and have upright, open canopies.
List of polyembryonic mangoes available in South Florida:
- Nam Doc Mai
- Florigon - excellent early mango, http://tropicalfruitnursery.com/mango/florigon-mango.shtml
- Fairchild - not well rated by Pine Island Nursery, http://tropicalfruitnursery.com/mango/fairchild-mango.shtml
- Madame Francis
- Philippine, http://tropicalfruitnursery.com/mango/philippine-mango.shtml
More here: Mangoes - Polyembryonic | Sub-Tropical Fruit Club of Qld Inc. http://buff.ly/2qMdYIa
Florigon - Wikipedia http://buff.ly/2qTdOxV
Pine Island Nursery - Mango Variety Viewer - Florigon http://buff.ly/2qTibZA