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 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.
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 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.
First 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 5 - 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!
Planting 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.
Dig 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.
Trim 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.
Dormant prune to:
Prune Apple trees in the summer to:
Growing 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 will tolerate a wide range of soils, so long as water and nutrients are not limited and the pH level is adequate.
For 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.
Dorsett Golden is self-fruiting and doesn't need a pollinating partner, but will bear more fruit when paired with these varieties:
Dorsett 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.
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.
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!
Apple 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:
Remember that all fruit tree sizes can easily be altered if needed by simple pruning as the trees grow and develop.
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Malus 'Dorsett Golden'|
|Mature Height||Semi-Dwarf Height: 12 - 18 feet | Standard Height: 18 - 25 feet|
|Mature Spread||Semi-Dwarf Spread: 10 - 15 feet | Standard Spread: 15 - 18 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Moisture||Low Once Established|
|Harvest Time||Early Season|
|Fruiting Time||3-5 Years|
|Pruning Time||When Dormant|