One of the most popular fruit trees in Colombia and widely used as a street tree in Barranquilla and Valledupar. A mango tree can grow very large and fruit hundreds of mangoes. A hit on the head by a falling mango could knock you out, so it makes you wonder why Colombia has so many coconut, mango and other projectile dropping trees along sidewalks. The new growth of the mango tree has reddish purple leaves and an established tree can grow very fast. Multiple varieties are grown in Colombia, and much of the country has perfect mango habitat, yet they export very little due to lack of knowledge of how to to manage this. During peak season you can often see mangoes rotting on the ground. Colombians will often eat the fruit green. Tommy Atkins is the variety most cultivate. One of the best tasting is mango de azúcar (sugar mango) a small and delicious mango. Other varieties cultivated include Keitt and Yulima. Photographed in Barranquilla.