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Golden Dorsett Apple Tree

Golden Dorsett Apple Tree

Sweet Choice for Warm Regions

Semi-dwarf on M111 rootstock.

  • Zones: 5-9
  • Chill hours:200-300
  • Harvest: July-August
  • Looks: Golden skin, firm flesh
  • Personality: Very flavorful and sweet like Golden Delicious.
  • Facts of note: Here's an apple that loves a Mediterranean climate! The Dorsett Golden has a low chill requirement to bring you good sized, yellow and green-yellow apples in late summer to early fall. Similar to the Golden Delicious apple, the firm flesh is great for fresh eating or cooking.
  • Pollination: Self-sterile

The Dorsett Golden Apple Tree (Malus domestica 'Dorsett Golden') is a semi-dwarf apple tree cultivar renowned for its delectable golden apples and adaptability to various climates. With its crisp, sweet, and slightly tart fruit, this tree is a favorite among orchard enthusiasts and home gardeners.

Dorsett Golden Apple Tree Basics

  • Botanical Profile: The Dorsett Golden Apple Tree belongs to the Malus domestica species and is a member of the Rosaceae family. It is known for its semi-dwarf growth habit, making it suitable for both small gardens and larger orchards.

  • Fruit Characteristics: The Dorsett Golden apple is medium to large in size, boasting a distinctive golden-yellow skin with occasional pink blushes. The flesh is firm, crisp, and juicy, offering a sweet and slightly tart flavor. These apples are excellent for fresh eating, baking, and juicing.

  • Blossom Time: This apple tree typically blooms in the early spring, producing attractive white or pink blossoms that add ornamental value to your landscape. The blossoms are also an essential stage in apple production as they attract pollinators.

Cultivation Tips for Dorsett Golden Apple Trees

  1. Location and Climate: Dorsett Golden Apple Trees thrive in a variety of climates but are particularly well-suited to warm and subtropical regions. They require a minimum of 300-400 chill hours, making them adaptable to milder winter climates.

  2. Soil Requirements: These apple trees prefer well-draining, loamy soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH level. Ensure the soil provides adequate drainage to prevent waterlogged roots.

  3. Planting: When planting a Dorsett Golden Apple Tree, choose a sunny location with at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day. Proper spacing, usually 12-15 feet between trees, allows for ample air circulation and sunlight exposure.

  4. Pollination: While the Dorsett Golden Apple Tree is partially self-fertile, it benefits from cross-pollination with another apple variety. Planting a different apple tree nearby ensures optimal fruit production. Popular pollinator options include Anna, Ein Shemer, and Fuji apple trees.

  5. Pruning and Maintenance: Regular pruning helps maintain the tree's shape, improve air circulation, and promote healthy fruit production. Prune during the dormant season to remove dead or diseased branches and maintain an open canopy.

Culinary Delights with Dorsett Golden Apples

  1. Fresh Eating: Dorsett Golden apples are perfect for fresh eating. The crisp texture and sweet-tart flavor make them a delightful snack or addition to fruit salads.

  2. Baking: These apples hold their shape well when baked, making them ideal for pies, crisps, tarts, and apple dumplings. Their sweet flavor adds a delicious dimension to desserts.

  3. Juicing: Dorsett Golden apples produce a flavorful and slightly tart juice that is perfect for drinking fresh or using as a base for homemade cider blends.

  4. Preserves and Sauces: Turn these apples into delectable jams, jellies, applesauce, or chutneys to enjoy their flavor year-round.

  5. Drying: Slice and dehydrate Dorsett Golden apples for homemade dried fruit snacks.

The Dorsett Golden Apple Tree is a versatile and rewarding addition to any orchard or garden. Its semi-dwarf size, adaptability to varying climates, and exquisite golden apples make it a sought-after choice for both novice and experienced growers. Whether you enjoy its fruits fresh, baked, or juiced, the Dorsett Golden apple tree is sure to delight your taste buds and enhance your culinary creations.

Visit our Fruit Tree Central for a listing of all our fruit tree videos and articles.

Visit Tree Characteristics for a listing of all our fruit & nut tree growing characteristics.

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Description

Semi-dwarf on M111 rootstock.

  • Zones: 5-9
  • Chill hours:200-300
  • Harvest: July-August
  • Looks: Golden skin, firm flesh
  • Personality: Very flavorful and sweet like Golden Delicious.
  • Facts of note: Here's an apple that loves a Mediterranean climate! The Dorsett Golden has a low chill requirement to bring you good sized, yellow and green-yellow apples in late summer to early fall. Similar to the Golden Delicious apple, the firm flesh is great for fresh eating or cooking.
  • Pollination: Self-sterile

The Dorsett Golden Apple Tree (Malus domestica 'Dorsett Golden') is a semi-dwarf apple tree cultivar renowned for its delectable golden apples and adaptability to various climates. With its crisp, sweet, and slightly tart fruit, this tree is a favorite among orchard enthusiasts and home gardeners.

Dorsett Golden Apple Tree Basics

  • Botanical Profile: The Dorsett Golden Apple Tree belongs to the Malus domestica species and is a member of the Rosaceae family. It is known for its semi-dwarf growth habit, making it suitable for both small gardens and larger orchards.

  • Fruit Characteristics: The Dorsett Golden apple is medium to large in size, boasting a distinctive golden-yellow skin with occasional pink blushes. The flesh is firm, crisp, and juicy, offering a sweet and slightly tart flavor. These apples are excellent for fresh eating, baking, and juicing.

  • Blossom Time: This apple tree typically blooms in the early spring, producing attractive white or pink blossoms that add ornamental value to your landscape. The blossoms are also an essential stage in apple production as they attract pollinators.

Cultivation Tips for Dorsett Golden Apple Trees

  1. Location and Climate: Dorsett Golden Apple Trees thrive in a variety of climates but are particularly well-suited to warm and subtropical regions. They require a minimum of 300-400 chill hours, making them adaptable to milder winter climates.

  2. Soil Requirements: These apple trees prefer well-draining, loamy soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH level. Ensure the soil provides adequate drainage to prevent waterlogged roots.

  3. Planting: When planting a Dorsett Golden Apple Tree, choose a sunny location with at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day. Proper spacing, usually 12-15 feet between trees, allows for ample air circulation and sunlight exposure.

  4. Pollination: While the Dorsett Golden Apple Tree is partially self-fertile, it benefits from cross-pollination with another apple variety. Planting a different apple tree nearby ensures optimal fruit production. Popular pollinator options include Anna, Ein Shemer, and Fuji apple trees.

  5. Pruning and Maintenance: Regular pruning helps maintain the tree's shape, improve air circulation, and promote healthy fruit production. Prune during the dormant season to remove dead or diseased branches and maintain an open canopy.

Culinary Delights with Dorsett Golden Apples

  1. Fresh Eating: Dorsett Golden apples are perfect for fresh eating. The crisp texture and sweet-tart flavor make them a delightful snack or addition to fruit salads.

  2. Baking: These apples hold their shape well when baked, making them ideal for pies, crisps, tarts, and apple dumplings. Their sweet flavor adds a delicious dimension to desserts.

  3. Juicing: Dorsett Golden apples produce a flavorful and slightly tart juice that is perfect for drinking fresh or using as a base for homemade cider blends.

  4. Preserves and Sauces: Turn these apples into delectable jams, jellies, applesauce, or chutneys to enjoy their flavor year-round.

  5. Drying: Slice and dehydrate Dorsett Golden apples for homemade dried fruit snacks.

The Dorsett Golden Apple Tree is a versatile and rewarding addition to any orchard or garden. Its semi-dwarf size, adaptability to varying climates, and exquisite golden apples make it a sought-after choice for both novice and experienced growers. Whether you enjoy its fruits fresh, baked, or juiced, the Dorsett Golden apple tree is sure to delight your taste buds and enhance your culinary creations.

Visit our Fruit Tree Central for a listing of all our fruit tree videos and articles.

Visit Tree Characteristics for a listing of all our fruit & nut tree growing characteristics.

About Apples: Apples are generally late blooming. Need full sun, well-drained soil, and moderate fertility. Thin fruit to maximize quality and size. Susceptible to codling moth, apple scab, powdery mildew, and gophers. Browse all our apple trees for sale.

Please Note: Although most of our bare-root trees arrive to our warehouse in mid-December, there are a few varieties that will not arrive until mid-January. If you order any of those varieties along with varieties that arrive in mid-December, your order will be delayed for shipment until mid-January. If you'd like us to split your shipments, please contact us at (888) 784-1722 or orderdesk@groworganic.com. Additional shipping charges will apply.

Shipping Information

Ships from Northern CA.

Cannot ship to the following states: HI, AK, PR, GU, VI

Cannot ship via USPS.

Cannot ship via SmartPost.

Shipping Weight: 5.0 lb

Features

  • Suited to Warmer Climates

Characteristics

USDA Growing Zone: 5 - 8
Approximate Harvest Time : Summer
Chill Hours Needed : 200-300 hours
Fruit Bearing : Spur
Planting Time : Winter
Time to Fruit Production : 2 Years
Tree Size : Semi-dwarf

Planting & Care

Useful Information

Guarantee

Limited Dormant Tree & Plant Guarantee

* Claim deadline is June 15th

We guarantee that your dormant tree or plant will arrive in good, viable condition. If your tree arrives in substandard condition, notify us within 3 days of delivery. Please email pictures of the box, inside packaging, the tree and its roots to helpdesk@groworganic.com.  We will investigate your claim and process a request to exchange or refund the damaged product.

If your dormant tree or plant has not grown new leaves by June 15th, you may be eligible for our Limited Dormant Tree & Plant Guarantee. This guarantee provides for a store credit for the purchase price of the tree, excluding shipping. Please see the Instructions below.

Important Dates:

  • April 1st Dormant trees/plants must be planted in the ground
  • May 15th Perform scratch test, if no new leaves have grown
  • June 15th Deadline to apply for a dormant tree/plant credit

All required documentation must be received by June 15th for your claim to be considered. Claims or documentation received after June 15th will be denied, without exception. Instructions listed below

Terms and Conditions

We cannot guarantee that your tree or plant will remain alive and healthy after it is received, or bear fruit as there are too many variables in your environment that are beyond our control (i.e. soil preparation, weed and pest control, proper irrigation, chill hours, compatible hardiness for your growing zone, proper choice of pollinator, extreme weather, rodent damage, disease, etc.). 

We cannot guarantee that we will be able to provide a replacement tree/plant of the same species either that same growing season or in future years. Customers are responsible for all shipping fees associated with replacement trees and plants. 

If we determine that the tree you purchased directly from us is not viable, we will issue you a store credit (not a refund) for the purchase price of the affected dormant tree or plant. Shipping is not included in the dormant tree/plant guarantee. Store credits can be used to purchase any product we sell and are valid for use only until July 1st of the following year.

Historically, 98% of our dormant trees and plants grow and thrive when they have been cared for and planted using our growing guides. Dormant trees and plants must be planted in the ground by April 1st in order to be eligible for credit. If the ground in your area is still frozen solid, you may temporarily plant your tree or plant in a pot. 

Potted, non-dormant trees or plants are excluded from this guarantee as they are not dormant at the time of shipment. Evergreen trees such as citrus, avocado and olive trees are not available for credit under the Dormant Tree and Plant Guarantee. 

Instructions

We guarantee that your dormant fruit tree or plant will leaf out, if you care for it according to our growing guides. In the unlikely event that your dormant tree or plant does not have leaves by May 15th, follow these simple steps to apply for a store credit:

Before you call or email, please perform a “scratch test” to determine if the tree or plant is still alive. This video shows how to check for live tissue under the bark. Scratch tests need to be done a few inches above and below the graft. 

Green Cambium Layer / Living Trees

If the cambium layer under the bark is green, give your tree a little more time. It is still alive, but hasn’t come out of dormancy yet. Check to make sure that it is getting the right amount of deep root water, enough sunlight and that the weather is warm enough for that type of tree/plant to come out of dormancy. Every tree has its own personality and will come out of dormancy at different times. Be sure to submit the required documentation listed below by June 15th, if it doesn’t grow leaves.

Brown Cambium Layer / Dead Trees

If the scratch test shows a brown cambium layer or if your dormant tree/plant doesn’t have leaves by June 1st, please email us at helpdesk@groworganic.com. All required documentation listed below must be received by June 15th for your claim to be considered. To be considered for the guarantee claim, all required documentation must be received by June 15th.  Incomplete submissions will be denied.

Required Documentation

  1. Order number
  2. Name of dormant tree/plant and the quantity affected
  3. Photos of each tree or plant showing: 
    1. The roots (tree or plant must be pulled out of the ground)
    2. The scratch test areas
    3. The entire tree/plant

We reserve the right to not issue credit for items that have already been replaced. We also reserve the right to require photographic evidence that the tree/plant was not killed by root rot, rodent or mechanical damage.

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Jodi
Great, happy little tree!

I did not let it set fruit last year, so I can’t comment on that, but it’s managed to thrive through the Az summer and winter. We love this beautiful tree:)

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Ram
Dorsett golden apple

The tree arrived in the evening, placed it in the water overnight and planted next day. After 2 weeks my tree got green leaves and started flowering. Very happy so far. No broken branches or damaged roots, it was packed very well.

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Randa
Fine little tree!

I received a bare-roots Dorsett Golden Apple tree last week, and planted it between the rains! (Yes, alas, the mud - I tried to improve the muck with compost and perlite and coir to get some drainage.) It came with four of its small branches broken off, but there were enough good ones to let me prune it into a decent starter. And because it's warm here, in the 50s, it broke dormancy a few days after planting and seems to be doing well. Time will tell if the muddy planting will inhibit growth, but I think it will do fine. I fertilized by top dressing and put on a good layer of wood chips, and it seems ok!

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Rogelio
Great trees

Great trees

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duncan
Ships fast, Already leafing out.

After a little over a week of planting already starting to leaf out.
Shipped in 3 days right after order.

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