Early-Harvest Dorsett Golden Apple100 Chill Hours
Does Well In Warm Climates
Delicious Fruit and Early Harvest
Spring Flowers and Fall Color
Winner Of RHS Award Of Garden Merit
Dorsett Golden Apple (Malus domestica ‘Dorsett Golden’), was first developed in the Bahamas in the 1950s and is well-suited to warm climates. It is really popular with growers in Zone 8 – 9, as its one of the few low-chill apples that require less than 100 chilling hours for a successful harvest.
From a purely aesthetic viewpoint, the Dorsett Golden Apple brings ornamental beauty to your lawn. Each spring, the Dorsett becomes blanketed in pink-tinged white blossoms that welcome in the season and send a call out to butterflies and hummingbirds. Those blooms quickly transform with the passage of time into orbs of golden fruit with a delectable flavor.
The Dorsett Golden Apple bears fruit that’s medium to large in size, which is perfect for fresh-eating apples since they’re not too small nor too big. The apples have a green-tinted yellow skin with a bit of rosy to scarlet blush that marks their time spent worshiping the sun while they mature. When set against the vibrant green foliage of the tree, these beautiful apples create a show all by themselves, much to the delight of both growers and passersby.
With every bite, you’ll taste a slight vanilla hint with a sumptuously tart undertone.
A welcome addition to the fruit bowl, these apples are very versatile. Eat them fresh, right from the tree, or slice them into aApple pie, cobber, or crisp. The firm flesh makes the Dorsett Golden Apple a good choice for canning and preserving, which also gives you more of your crop to enjoy later on down the road.
After the harvest comes to a close, the fun isn’t over with the Dorsett Golden. This self-fruiting tree (which sometimes fruits in its second year) creates a resplendent display of yellow, orange and red fall tones that add to your landscape and showcase mother nature’s true beauty to the fullest.
Dorsett Golden is a lovely choice in an apple tree for your warm climate this year. Not only is it beautiful with spring flowers and a vibrant summer form, but it also produces an enticing harvest and spicy fall color. Why not try this award-winning Apple variety for your home today!
Recommended pollinators: Zestar! and Pink Pearl
Rootstocks ExplainedApple trees have been grafted onto different rootstocks since before the mid-1800s. Different rootstocks are used to improve the anchoring of trees, eliminate diseases, and reduce the natural mature size of the tree itself. While there are many different types of rootstock, they are all labeled as being either Dwarf, Semi-Dwarf, or Standard.
The apple descriptions, including flowering, pollination, and apple characteristics are the same whether the plant is grown on a standard rootstock or some varying dwarfing rootstock. The overall size can vary by climate and soil but the understock used is ultimately what affects the mature size.
There will be some variation in sizes but as a guide, we are suggesting the overall mature size of these apple varieties are:
Height: 12-18 feet
Spread: 10 – 15 feet
Height 18 – 25 feet
Spread: 15 – 18 feet
Remember that all fruit tree sizes can easily be altered if needed by simple pruning as the trees grow and develop.