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Apple Tree, ‘Golden Dorsett’

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The ‘Golden Dorsett’ Apple Tree has medium to large fruit that are firm, smooth, and have a sweet, tart flavor. This apple has crisp flesh and yellow skin with an orange-red blush. It is a great southern selection that ripens mid-June to early July. Flavor is apparently better in apples which are slightly shaded (the reverse of what is normally recommended for cool climate apples). ‘Golden Dorsett’ trees mature quickly and will start fruiting in their second year. A pollinizer is needed. The ‘Golden Dorsett’ Apple Tree is an excellent choice to pollinate with the ‘Anna’ Apple Tree.

‘Golden Dorsett’ was raised by Mrs. Dorsett in The Bahamas in the 1950s. It is one of a very small group of apple varieties that can flourish in tropical climates, because of its exceptionally low chilling requirement of 250-300 hours. ‘Golden Dorsett’ flowers in southern California in January and late February in Florida, far ahead of most varieties, so pollination is a potential issue. It is a natural partner for another low-chill variety, Anna that is also descended from Golden Delicious, and each will pollinate the other.

Apple trees are the most popular and widely grown fruit trees in America. If the proper variety is selected, one may grow apples in any one of the lower 48 states. Apples have long been considered a fruit for northern states only. However, there are several apple varieties that will produce delicious apples in the South as well. Most apple trees require cross-pollination or the presence of a crab apple tree to bear fruit. There are literally hundreds of apple varieties, so we have selected the top choices for home gardening. Also, many of our selections are well known commercial varieties that most Americans have come across in their local grocery.

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Plant Details +

Height 20-30' or as pruned
Spacing 15-20'
Hardiness Zone 6-9, 0º to -10ºF. Excellent for warm southern & coastal areas.
Exposure Full sun and partial shade
Foliage Green
Fruit Yellow/Gold
Harvest Mid-June to early July

General Information +

Botanical: Malus domestica 'Golden Dorsett'

Cultivator Type: Apple 'Golden Dorsett'

Tip: Water regularly during first growing season to establish deep root system.

Use: Sweet fresh or cooked, juice, or processing. Fruits, Landscape, Trees.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pollinator: Anna, Cortland or Red Delicious

Moisture: Water regularly as needed.

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. 1. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. 2. Set the tree in place so the crown (part of the tree where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. 3. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.

Fruit Tree Production: Planting Conditions: When choosing a site to plant your fruit tree(s), there are several factors to consider. 1. Consider the MATURE SIZE of the tree when picking a location and provide adequate space for the tree to mature. A good rule of thumb is to space trees ½ of their mature spread, i.e., if a tree has a mature spread of 20', plant each tree no closer than 10'. Also keep this in mind when planting near structures. 2. Fruit trees prefer full sun. Do not plant trees under other shade trees or near tall structures that will cast shade upon the tree. 3. Plant in well drained soil. Fruit trees do not like to have "wet-feet", in other words, they do not like to be in soils that drain slowly or hold water. Pollination When fruit trees produce a large spring bloom, it does not guarantee a plentiful harvest. Successful pollination must occur to produce viable seed, which leads to the development of fruit. There are several ways in which pollination can occur: some fruit trees are "self-pollinating", others are partially self-fertile and require another tree to provide pollen, usually from the same type of tree but a different variety. Pollination Tips: 1. Plant two or more varieties of the same tree. This is the most reliable way of ensuring successful fruit. This is a good idea even with trees that are self-fertile as more fruit set is likely when they are cross-pollinated. 2. Attract bees to your yard. Bees are the number one source for pollination in all fruits. 3. Avoid using insecticides. Although insecticides can benefit by killing harmful garden pests, they also can kill beneficial insects (bees) and therefore should be used only when absolutely necessary. It is NEVER recommended to use insecticides near your fruit trees when they are in bloom. Growing 1. Thin Fruit. After fruit set, if the tree has produced a large amount of fruit and when the fruits are still small, remove 20-35% of the fruits. This will allow the plant to put all of its energy into the remaining fruits, which will in turn produce larger and healthier fruit. If thinning is not done and the plant produces an over-abundance of fruit, it sometimes will throw the tree into a biennial (every other year) producer. Therefore, it is important to thin fruit when the tree produces a large amount of fruit. 2. Rake Leaves. Do not allow fruit tree leaves to fall and remain on the ground under your trees. They can produce spores that can be harmful to the fruit tree. It is important to remove the leaves in the fall before winter. 3. Pruning. Prune during late winter or early spring before the tree breaks dormancy. It is recommended to prune trees on a yearly basis. 4. Cultural Practices. In areas that mice and rabbits are a problem, wrap the trunk of the tree with a quality tree wrap. Also, avoid mechanical injury with weed-eaters and lawn mowers as damaging the bark near the base of the tree can limit fruit production, stunt growth, and in some cases lead to the death of the tree.