Starts Fruiting Early Dorsett Golden Apple TreeSoft Golden Yellow Fruit & Sunkissed Rosy Blush
Fragrant Rosy Pink Buds Open to Creamy White
Spring Flowers & Fall Color
Pollinators Love the Blooms
Medium Sized Fruit
Vanilla Flavor & Firm, Light & Crisp Texture
Very Ornamental Tree!
Great Foliage & Fall Color!
Produces Early in Age
Early Harvest – As Early As July
Does Well In Warm Climates
Needs A Pollinator Tree – Larger Yield With a Pollinator
100 Chill Hours
Winner Of RHS Award Of Garden Merit
From a purely aesthetic viewpoint, the Dorsett Golden Apple (Malus ‘Dorsett Golden’), brings ornamental beauty to your landscape. Each spring, it 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.
After the harvest comes to a close, the fun isn’t over with the Dorsett Golden! This 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.
How to Use Dorsett Golden Apple Tree In The LandscapeWith 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 an Apple 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.
The lovely blooms are fragrant and call pollinators, plant around your vegetable gardens and other planting beds to provide shade. Also fantastic shade and ornamental trees around seating areas and patios.
Sized for orchards and home gardens of all sizes, pruning can keep these smaller and easier to tuck into your yard or existing orchard!
Dorsett apples are early season trees, making your summer foliage gleam with golden gems.
#ProPlantTips For CareFirst developed in Nassau, New Providence Island, in the Bahamas in the 1950s and is perfectly suited to warm climates. It is really popular with growers in the warmer zones of its hardiness range of 6 – 9, as it’s one of the few low-chill apples that require less than 100 chilling hours for a successful harvest!
In fact, in very warm climates, this apple may even occasionally be evergreen.
Full sun tolerant, especially of morning sun to dry the leaves of dew that can attract fungal issues, fruit trees need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. However, this tree also appreciates some afternoon shade in hotter summers, even improving the flavor of the fruit.
Requiring consistent watering in average fertility, Dorsett is not particular on the type of soil it grows in, so long as it is well-drained. Mulch to insulate the root system from heat and to further hold in more moisture.
Prune to open the canopy and allow air circulation and sunlight into the interior, further eliminating potential disease issues. Considered a vigorous grower and precocious bearer, you may find you’ll get larger fruit with some thinning. Generally, all other pruning should be done when the tree is dormant, or late winter.
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!
Call NatureHills.com right away to get this low-chill requirement, sweet-flavored tree for your home orchard before they’re gone!
Dorsett Golden Apple Tree Frequently Asked QuestionsWhen to Plant Dorsett Golden Apple TreesPlanting Bareroot trees as soon as you can dig a hole in spring and until hot weather, the earlier the better. Plant container Apple trees throughout the growing season with complete success – that is the benefit of container plants – to extend the planting season. Your County Agricultural Extension Office is a great resource for first and last frost dates in your area.
How to Plant Dorsett Golden Apple TreesDig a large hole only as deep as needed to accommodate the bareroot or container root ball, and twice as wide. Add Nature Hills Root Booster to speed root establishment. Remove the pot or bag and situate it into the hole so the top of the soil (soil line if bareroot), is level with the new location’s soil being careful not to plant too deep. Water in again very well and backfill with the same soil you dug up, tamping down gently to ensure there are no air pockets.
Top off with a 3-4 inch thick layer of Arborist mulch. Consider staking your tree to keep its trunk growing straight for the first year to ensure it stands tall against strong winds and drifting snow.
When to Prune Dorsett Golden Apple TreesTrim off any broken branches from delivery as soon as you take them out of the box. Prune and trim apple trees while dormant, in late winter or early spring, before you see new growth.
How to Prune Dorsett Golden Apple TreesDormant prune to:
Remove any double leaders or narrow crotch angles
Eliminate any crossing branches
Thin interior branching and leave the fruiting spurs and strong branches in place opening up the canopy
Branching at least 24-36 inches above the ground
Prune Apple trees in the summer to:
Control size and shape by reducing the length of longer new growth on vigorous trees
Remove water sprouts on the main trunk or older branches in the crown
Remove suckers at the base of the trunk
Thin fruit during heavy years on established trees
How to Care for Dorsett Golden Apple TreesGrowing an apple tree is easy when proper soil, good drainage, attention to moisture, and regular fertility are maintained. Once you’ve chosen an apple tree that works for your climate, in the size you need for your landscape, and its pollinator (if needed), then you’ve accomplished half the battle!
Apple trees do best in full sun and well-drained soil
Water your apple trees when they get dry – especially during the fruit production stage, and drought periods to keep it stress-free
Use arborists’ wood chips to mulch over the roots of your apples and have your soil tested to see what your soil may be lacking before adding fertilizers
Maintenance pruning and shaping
Apple trees will tolerate a wide range of soils, so long as water and nutrients are not limited and the pH level is adequate.
How to Fertilize Dorsett Golden Apple TreesFor the first year, water alone is most important. It is always best to get a soil test to see what your soil is lacking before adding more fertilizers. Once established, a fertilizer routine may be beneficial. We do offer some excellent slow-release organic options, applied according to the package directions.
Fruit trees need more phosphate and it’s possible to apply too much nitrogen which affects the soil’s pH. Test soil acidity or alkalinity using a pH Tester.
Fertilize in spring when you first see new growth emerging.
Don’t overdo it
Phosphates are your friends
Pay attention to pH in areas with extremely high or low soil pH
Follow the directions
Dorsett Golden Apple Tree Pollinating InfoDorsett Golden is not self-fruiting and doesn’t need a pollinating partner, but will bear more fruit when paired with these varieties:
Anna Apple Tree
Golden Delicious Apple Tree
Zestar!® Apple Tree
Pink Pearl Apple Tree
Harvest Times for Dorsett Golden Apple TreesDorsett Golden’s are typically ready to harvest in late June through July.
Early-Season? Mid-Season? Late-Season? The terminology can be confusing for new apple tree growers. Weather, climate and your tree determine when it’s ripe.
Early-season is usually June-July
Mid-season can be August-September
Late-season can be from late September-November
The growing season consists of spring, summer, and fall, and varies with climate and weather. Areas with longer growing seasons in the warmer hardiness zones can greatly affect the harvest times for each particular apple variety grown in your area. Learn which growing zone you are in.
What Shipping Options Do You Offer?NatureHills.com works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and won’ts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your Dorsett Golden Apple Tree for sale here at NatureHills.com!
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.
Dorsett Golden Apple Tree
Starts Fruiting Early Dorsett Golden Apple Tree Soft Golden Yellow Fruit & Sunkissed Rosy Blush Fragrant Rosy Pink Buds Open to Creamy White Spring Flowers & Fall Color Pollinators Love the Blooms Medium Sized Fruit Vanilla Flavor & Firm, Light &
Starts Fruiting Early Dorsett Golden Apple TreeSoft Golden Yellow Fruit & Sunkissed Rosy Blush