• Dorsett Apple Tree (Low-Chill) for Sale


Dorsett Apple Tree (Low-Chill)

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  • Shipped to you in our Drop 'N Grow™

    The benefits of the Drop ‘N Grow™ bag…

    These trees are originally grown in a field and naturally have a larger root system than container grown trees. This means you get a plant that will become established quicker and provide you with superior growth in the spring.

    Your tree arrives dormant (sleeping for the winter). Without foliage to support, it doesn't require as much water or nutrients to survive. So transplanting is stress-free.

    If you plant in the winter, your roots will continue to grow and become more established. When spring arrives you will see bright new foliage appearing. 

    These will be the easiest trees you have every planted!  Simply dig your hole, place the Drop ‘N Grow™ bag in the center (burlap included) then use excess dirt to fill the hole.  That’s it!

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-t- Anna Apple Tree (Low-Chill) (Pollinator)
Anna Apple Tree (Low-Chill)

A Taste of the Old South

Best Apple Tree for the South

From Florida to California and all points in between, if you live anywhere in the South, the Anna Apple tree is your best choice to grow delicious apples. That's because the Anna Apple adapts well to hot, southern conditions.

Its low chill requirement is unmatched by any other variety, enabling the tree to thrive in warmer climates not typically associated with growing apples.

A favorite along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, this compact beauty produces fast and productive harvests and is virtually problem free. Growing fruit is a breeze because the Anna Apple is self-fertile so it needs no pollinator. But don't let that stop you from planting another low-chill apple tree close by.

The results? Even more delicious apples than you can imagine.

Apple Lovers Everywhere Agree: The Proof is in the Taste

... Read more  

-t- Planting Mix
Dorsett Apple Tree (Low-Chill) Planting Mix

Helps your Dorsett Apple Tree (Low-Chill) get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

Growing Zones: 5-9

Growing Zones 5-9 This plant is recommended for zones: 5-9
(green area above)
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

10-20 ft.

Mature Width:

10-20 ft.


Full Sun

Drought Tolerance:


Chill Hours:

< 100

Botanical Name:

Malus 'Dorsett'

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  • Produces large, delicious apples early in the season
  • Up to 2 additional annual harvests in warmer climates
  • Southern tree that will flourish in zones 5-9
  • Resistant to most diseases like scab, fungus and mildew

Golden Goodness with a hint of blush

If you enjoy the sweet, crisp taste of Golden Delicious apples then you'll love the Dorsett Apple. This incredible tree with the southern flair is hardy enough to grow anywhere from zones 5-9.

The Dorsett's skin is splashed with an orange-red blush hue, giving your yard a picturesque look as the apples emerge from your tree.

Of all the apple varieties, the Dorsett is the first to bloom as early as mid-January in areas with milder winter climates. That means you can expect an abundance of enormous apples as early as late June. And the Dorsett is easy to care for. Just give it plenty of sun and watch it thrive.

How does the Dorsett taste? One word says it all: Delicious

Take a Golden Delicious apple, add a hint of vanilla and just the right touch of sweetness and you have a Dorsett Apple. Although it ripens in early summer, the Dorsett doesn't have the sharp berry flavors typical of most summer varieties, so it has the taste and firmness of a Fall apple.

With a crunchy bite and distinctive, aromatic flavor, the Dorsett is wonderful right off the tree or prepared fresh in recipes like the Dorsett Apple cake. Add your favorite glaze to finish off a treat your family will look forward to each season.

Dorsett Southern Apple Tree Pollination

Dorsett Southern Apple Trees are partially self-fertile. However, you will receive a much larger crop if pollinated by the following apple trees...
•  Anna Southern Apple Tree •  Winesap Apple Tree
•  Granny Smith Apple Tree •  McIntosh Apple Tree
•  Honeycrisp Apple Tree •  Pink Lady Apple Tree
•  Red Delicious Apple Tree •  Yellow Delicious Apple Tree
•  Gala Apple Tree  

Crab Apple Trees also make some of the best pollinators for Fruiting Apple Trees. Because they bloom for a long period of time, they produce an abundance of pollen that are compatible with most Fruiting Apple Tree varieties.

For more information on apple pollination, view our Apple Pollination Guide.

Customer Reviews

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Outstanding tree F.G.T. I will order agan. Thanks!
I ordered my Dorsett Apple Tree 4/6/2015. It arrived three days later. I put it in the ground the following day. It had the best root system I had ever seen a tree. The tree was packaged so great. Overnight it started budding. It has been less than a week and it has lots of blooms that are so vibrant and pretty, almost like a Christmas tree. I will order from F.G.T. again. I will also write another review when I taste the fruit. Great job F.G.T.!!!
April 15, 2015
Millerton, OK, US
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Trees are still young in the ground one year now in southwest Ga seem to be doing well
November 24, 2014
1 year ago
Just planted this fall. Don't have any review yet . Except the tree has packaged great an had a nice root system. I order from fgt all the time.
March 4, 2015
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
nice sturdy tree
received in great condition after shipping. very high quality tree.
September 17, 2015
Colsemile, TX, US
9 months ago
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Growth Rate
In ground 2 weeks
I've only had this plant for little more than 2 weeks. It has taken to transplanting well and already showing new growth. I bought it as a pollinator fo a 27 year old Anna apple tree.
July 30, 2015
Growth Rate
Presently it's adapting and growing. However the tree was almost dried up when it arrived.
July 28, 2015
Vallejo, CA, US
1 year ago
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Healthy tree.
I would recommend fast growing trees . Com to every one they are shipped in a timely manner they arrive green and healthy I'm very happy with all my purchases buy at fast grow you won't be sorry.
May 30, 2016
Winter haven , FL, US
3 weeks ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Dorsett Apple Tree (Low-Chill)

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Dorsett Apple Tree (Low-Chill).

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Dorsett Apple Tree (Low-Chill) gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Dorsett Apple Tree (Low-Chill) again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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I live in Orlando Fl, zone 9 I believe, and interested in planting apples, since I just moved from NY. Are there any two apple varieties that pollinate each other that I can plant here? Looks like Fuji and Dorsett don't work together... I could get one, but want to ensure success!
Nina F on Sep 18, 2014
Does the Dorsett Southern keep it's leaves year round if grown in Central Florida (Zone 9)? Are there other apples that would keep there leaves year round in Central Florida? Thank you.
A shopper on Oct 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Apple trees need to go dormant and that's what the chill hours do for the tree. So yes, all the leaves fall off and return within a few weeks
do you have to have two to pollinate?
dianna g on Jun 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: This tree is self fertile, but will do much better with a mate to cross pollinate with.
Are the 4-5 ft. apple trees shipped bare root or in containers?
Larry H on Dec 16, 2014
BEST ANSWER: We will ship them bareroot only when they are dormant in the winter.
I have used Golden Delicious as a cooking apple for pies and applesauce. How does this compare?
A shopper on Jul 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Dorsett Southern Apples are very sweet. Especially if you add a hint of vanilla, then your pie will be the best on the block. It doesn't have the sharp sour taste that are common in other apple varieties.
what is the planting schedule for this tree in zone 8 ?
Pamela R on Aug 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I've have planted trees pretty much all seasons however by far the best planting season is in the fall. Let the weather cool a bit, much less shock to the new tree. Keep it watered (not waterlogged) and if the winter is a dry one - be sure to water occasionally then as well. I like to stake the trees with a couple of good steel fence posts. The "cane" or whatever the tree comes with might help the thin trunk from bending but I'm not too worried about that. I don't want the winter winds rocking the tree back and forth and then pulling the new roots away from the surrounding soil.
what are the chill hours on the dorsett and the Fuji trees ?
natalie m on Jul 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: about 250-300 hours, mines in south texas and mine fruited so ,pretty good
How old does the tree have to be to produce fruit?
A shopper on Jul 12, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Dorsett Southern Apple Tree will need about a year to get established to its new environment and will most likely start producing Apples in it's 2nd year of being planted.

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