The Dorsett Golden apple tree cultivar is a wonderful variety, especially as a pollinator for other apple trees. The Dorsett is an early-season fruit bearer, and is most likely the offspring of the Golden Delicious cultivar.
This apple tree is exceptionally well-adapted to warmer climates and requires a low number of chill hours to bloom. Its fruit is golden yellow with hints of scarlet, and the apples are flavorfully sweet. The medium to large sized apples can ripen as early as June, with additional harvests possible through fall in warmer climates. The Dorsett Golden apple tree height can reach up to 10-15 feet tall and 10-20 feet wide which makes it a perfect small fruit tree for backyard enthusiasts with limited space.
The Dorsett Golden apple tree thrives in most soils in the Southern states as long as the area is well-drained. Grows easily in USDA growing zones 5-9. Be sure to water thoroughly the first year to establish a strong root system. We ship these sweet apples rooted in a pot in soil, not bare root.
These fresh eating apples have a sweet flavor like candy but have firm flesh! A great choice for southern states because of their low chilling requirement of 100 chill hours. This tree was brought into the United States from the Bahamas and integrated into apple varieties by the University of Florida.
The tree prefers full sun because areas that receive shade for more than half of the day are unsuitable for apple production. The Dorsett Golden starts producing fruit as early as a year after planting and is partially self fertile. You’ll get a much larger, tastier crop if cross pollinated by another apple tree such as the Anna Apple tree.
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Malus domestica 'Dorsett Golden'
- Edible, sweet fruit
- Low chill hours required
- Produces fruit as a young tree
- Disease resistant