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Apple Tree, 'Golden Dorsett'

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The 'Golden Dorsett' Apple Tree has medium to large fruit that are firm, smooth, and have a sweet, tart flavor. This apple has crisp flesh and yellow skin with an orange-red blush. It is a great southern selection that ripens mid-June to early July. Flavor is apparently better in apples which are slightly shaded (the reverse of what is normally recommended for cool climate apples). 'Golden Dorsett' trees mature quickly and will start fruiting in their second year. A pollinizer is needed. The 'Golden Dorsett' Apple Tree is an excellent choice to pollinate with the 'Anna' Apple Tree.

'Golden Dorsett' was raised by Mrs. Dorsett in The Bahamas in the 1950s. It is one of a very small group of apple varieties that can flourish in tropical climates, because of its exceptionally low chilling requirement of 250-300 hours. 'Golden Dorsett' flowers in southern California in January and late February in Florida, far ahead of most varieties, so pollination is a potential issue. It is a natural partner for another low-chill variety, Anna that is also descended from Golden Delicious, and each will pollinate the other.

Apple trees are the most popular and widely grown fruit trees in America. If the proper variety is selected, one may grow apples in any one of the lower 48 states. Apples have long been considered a fruit for northern states only. However, there are several apple varieties that will produce delicious apples in the South as well. Most apple trees require cross-pollination or the presence of a crab apple tree to bear fruit. There are literally hundreds of apple varieties, so we have selected the top choices for home gardening. Also, many of our selections are well known commercial varieties that most Americans have come across in their local grocery.

Plant Details +

Botanical Malus domestica 'Golden Dorsett'
Cultivator Type Apple 'Golden Dorsett'
Height 20-30' or as pruned
Spacing 15-20'
Hardiness Zone 6-9, 0º to -10ºF. Excellent for warm southern & coastal areas.
Exposure Full sun and partial shade
Foliage Green
Fruit Yellow/Gold
Harvest Mid-June to early July

General Information +

Tip: Water regularly during first growing season to establish deep root system.

Use: Sweet fresh or cooked, juice, or processing. Fruits, Landscape, Trees.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Moisture: Water regularly as needed.

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. 1. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. 2. Set the tree in place so the crown (part of the tree where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. 3. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.