Growing Zones: 5-9 outdoors(hardy down to -10℉) 5-9 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 10-20 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 10-20 ft.
- Full Sun
- 20 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- up to 2 ft.
- Botanical Name:
- Malus domestica Dorsett Golden
- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, AR, CA, ID, LA, OR
The Apple Tree That Produces Bushels of Fruit in Hot Climates!
Most apple trees need plenty of cold weather before they can set fruit, which warm climates simply can't offer. But there's a rare exception '– the Dorsett Golden Apple (Malus domestica 'Dorsett Golden'). Whether you live in the Deep South, Florida, or Southern California, you can grow this apple tree and harvest a heavy crop of sweet summer apples each year with as few as 100 to 200 chill hours per year!
The Dorsett Golden Apple tree was first discovered growing in the Bahamas, where it abundantly produced apples! If an apple tree is productive in the hot tropical environment of the Bahamas, you know it can also bear fruit in your warm climate. Relatively unknown to most backyard gardeners, the Dorsett Golden Apple tree actually has quite a long-standing track record. It was way back in 1954 that Mrs. Irene Dorsett found the original tree, which was subsequently named for her, growing in her orchard in Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas.
Recommended by Numerous Universities
After testing 43 different types of apple trees, the University of Florida recommends only three types that can successfully produce apples in the hot climates across Florida, and the Dorsett Golden Apple is one of them. (The Anna Apple tree, which we also offer, is another one of the recommended cultivars.) Texas A&M recommends only two types of trees for apple production in Texas '– Dorsett Golden and Anna. And the University of Arizona also recommends Dorsett Golden as an apple tree that produces fruit even in the desert regions of that state.
Pick a Perfect Pair of Apple Trees
Breathtakingly beautiful apple blossoms are more than "just a pretty face," although you will truly fall in love with this tree when it's in full bloom! When the flowers fade, the fruit production begins. But the flowers must be fertilized by pollen before the fruit can form. To accomplish this, an apple tree depends on a companion tree that contributes pollen for fertilizing the flowers. The trick is to plant at least two different varieties of apple trees that flower at the same time each year. Because the Dorsett Golden Apple begins flowering earlier than most apple trees, you have to plant another variety that flowers at the same time for cross-pollination to be successful. That's why the Anna Apple tree is the perfect pollen partner for Dorsett Golden '– their early bloom times are the same!
An Earlier Harvest than Most Apple Trees
Most apple trees are ready to harvest in late summer to early fall, but Dorsett Golden is an early-season producer '– because of its early-season flowers. Your apples will be ready to pick in mid-June to early-July. To give you an idea of the yield potential from one tree in a warm climate, the test orchards at the University of Florida produced an average of 80 pounds of apples on young, 5-year-old Dorsett Golden trees! At maturity, each tree can produce from 5 to 10 bushels each. And since each bushel weighs approximately 40 pounds, that's up to 400 pounds of apples from one tree!
Hands Down, the Best-Tasting Golden Apple for Warm Climates
Dorsett Golden's ability to grow and produce fruit in very warm climates doesn't compromise the taste of its apples. Even in the hottest weather, these exceptional fruits hold the quality of their taste and texture without becoming mealy or mushy. Each apple has the perfect taste combination of sweetness balanced with tartness. The flavor is similar to the Golden Delicious apple, and the fruit has a crispy crunch when you bite into it. Its sweetness makes it wonderful for fresh snacking, and its tartness plus crispness offer the qualities that make it a super apple for making homemade pies or applesauce. The fruit color is slightly different than Golden Delicious '– the 2- to 2 1/2-inch yellow apples are splashed with a reddish-orange blush '– what a striking contrast against the deep-green leaves!
Great to Your Taste Buds & Health
Dorsett Golden apples are fat-free, salt-free, cholesterol-free, and fiber-rich. Plus, they're filled with complex carbohydrates and healthy nutrients, such as Vitamin C and potassium. But you won't find the Dorsett Golden apple in your supermarket because it's a specialty apple that you can only grow in your own back yard! As soon as a fruit is picked, it begins to lose valuable nutrients, so the key is to grow your own apple tree if you want the maximum health benefits. You may not have tried to grow apples if you live in a warm climate because they're typically a "cold-climate fruit," but we've solved that problem by making Dorsett Golden available to you!
Higher Disease Resistance than Other Apple Trees
In field trials at the University of Florida, Dorsett Golden was highly resistant to powdery mildew, and fire blight was never even seen on this disease-resistant apple tree. These two diseases, which compromise a tree's health, are common on other types of apple trees. Its disease-resistant quality, as well as its many other merits, was responsible for awarding the Dorsett Golden Apple tree a winner of the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
Landscaping with Apple Trees
Just wait 'til you see your Dorsett Golden Apple tree in full bloom! Your yard will be the envy of all your neighbors when the white apple blossoms burst open in springtime. This flurry of color after winter's drabness adds another benefit to your yard '– a flowering tree that complements other spring flowers. And because you need two different types of apple trees to facilitate cross-pollination, optimally spaced no further than 20 feet apart, you'll have double the flowers! When you plant a row of apple trees across the back of your property or down the sides of your yard, you'll create a stunning look. And did you know that butterflies love apple-blossom nectar? Dorsett Golden Apple trees are a beautiful addition to any butterfly garden!
No Pruning Needed. Thanks to Us.
When your Dorsett Golden Apple tree arrives, all you have to do is plant it. Don't worry about having to learn pruning techniques, because our experts have already done that work for you. Your tree will arrive properly pruned and perfectly shaped with the exact number of branches that it needs for fruit production. This is a job you should leave to the pruning experts because of the importance of formative shaping to the overall health of an apple tree.
Thinning the Fruit
Large harvests are a huge benefit from this tree, but you don't want so many apples to form on the branches of young trees that they cause the branches to break or weaken the growing tree. When the tiny apples are walnut-sized, you want to remove enough of them so the branches are left with apples that are spaced 6 inches apart. This may be hard to do on your young Dorsett Golden Apple tree, but it's best for its overall health!
Caring for Your Tree
After our horticulturists have worked their magic by getting your young Dorsett Golden Apple tree off to its healthiest start possible, easing it into its new home in your landscape will be a simple task. Here are our best transplanting and ongoing growing tips to eliminate the guesswork of how to care for your tree:
• Give it full sun. Apple trees are healthier and they bear more heavily when they receive all-day direct sun.
• Keep it watered. The first year after transplanting your Dorsett Golden tree is very important to its overall health and longevity. This is the time when its young root system is growing and become established on its new site. If the roots don't develop properly, Dorsett Golden may not develop into a strong tree that can produce abundant harvests for you. And without a strong root system to nourish the tree, it may also become weaker and susceptible to disease. In the absence of rainfall, water your young tree twice a week during its first month. Soak the soil deeply without allowing the water to create a standing puddle around the tree that doesn't soak into the soil fairly quickly. After the first month, make sure your tree receives 1 inch of water weekly. Pay particular attention to its watering needs during its first hot summer.
• Mulch around it. When you plant your Dorsett Golden tree, form a 36-inch basin around it by mounding the soil on the outside of the basin to a height of a few inches. Fill the basin with mulch, and pull the mulch 6 inches from the trunk. The basin will help keep water directed at the roots, and the mulch will keep the soil moist.
• Soil pH and fertilizer. Apple trees grow best in soil that's slightly acidic, with a pH that's approximately 6.0. Your local Cooperative Extension Service can analyze a soil sample for you to determine the pH as well as the type and rate of fertilizer that's best for your garden soil. As a rule of thumb, you'll fertilize your Dorsett Golden in late winter, late spring, and late summer. But you don't want to apply fertilizer after August, because this may stimulate new growth that could be damaged by freezing weather.
• Fall care. When your tree stands bare of its foliage in fall, rake all the leaves and any dropped fruits from underneath the tree. This prevents disease pathogens from being able to overwinter in plant material and infect your tree the following spring.
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