One of the most popular fruit trees in Colombia and for that matter the tropics and widely used as a street tree in Barranquilla and Valledupar. A mango tree can grow very large and fruit hundreds of mangos. A hit on the head by a falling mango could knock you out, so it makes you wonder why Colombia has so many coconuts, mangos and other projectile dropping trees as street trees. The new growth of the mango tree has reddish purple leaves and an established tree can grow very fast. Mangos are one of my favorite fruits and many varieties are grown in Colombia. Colombians will often eat the fruit green with salt. Photographed in Barranquilla.