Apple 'Dorsett Golden'

Malus x domestica

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malus (MAY-lus) (Info)
Species: x domestica (doh-MESS-tik-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Dorsett Golden
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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Time:

Early season flowering


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Propagation Methods:

By grafting

By budding

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Tucson, Arizona

Hemet, California

Long Beach, California

Westminster, California

Beverly Hills, Florida

Jasper, Florida

Milton, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Titusville, Florida

Kailua, Hawaii

Kaneohe Station, Hawaii

Maunawili, Hawaii

Needville, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Spring, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 5, 2013, YeeFam from Leander, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

We have Dorsett Golden in our Prayer Garden (Klein United Methodist Church, Spring, TX) and it blooms every year with many apples. We have only one apple tree in the garden/area - so we are not sure how it is pollinated - but it does.

We had a warm winter, cool spring, and the tree is fruiting very nicely.

(Spring, TX - 77388 area)


On Dec 18, 2008, Milanart from Westminster, CA wrote:

This tree was a new planting, espaliered to 4 stakes, and introduced to my front garden in May, 2008. It is about 4 feet tall, 5 feet wide. It already had quite a few small apples. It looked good for about a month, then started losing leaves, dropping fruit, and looking like it might die. I just made sure it got water, and tried to let it rest. It had good amendments and fertilizer at planting. I gave some fish emulsion in November. In December it started to get new leaves, and has blossomed on the living branches. There are two or three slender branches that appear to be dead. I am happy to see this progress, does anyone have advice about pruning the dead branches? We are in Southern California, about five miles from the coast.


On Dec 12, 2008, twigsnberries from Titusville, FL wrote:

low chill yellow apple, good pollinator for anna apple


On Apr 26, 2006, SeanTamanaha from Kailua, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

This apple variety needs no winter chill to flower and produce fruit. It is grown in Hawai'i in the higher elevations as well as sea level where my trees are. The tree often blossoms several times a year and produces an abundance of medium-sized yellowish-green fruit that are quite sweet. At sea leve, production is best if the leaves are stripped off the tree at least once a year.


On Jan 10, 2006, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Parentage / Origin: Golden Delicious seedling; Bahamas, 1964.
Description: Yellow apple with crisp, firm, sweet flesh. All-purpose variety.
Tree Characteristics: Excellent for warm southern and coastal areas. Requires less than 100 hours of winter chill. Early bearing.