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Dorsett Southern Apple Tree


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Dorsett Southern Apple Tree

Easily Grown in the South

Height:

The heights we list are after we prune your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back and to produce fruit.

We prune your tree throughout its life. This process takes us longer, but gives you more branches and quicker production.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you results the first full season.

5-6 ft.

Ships this Mon, Oct 27
List: $119.95
Sale: $80.37
6 at $76.35 each
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Height:

The heights we list are after we prune your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back and to produce fruit.

We prune your tree throughout its life. This process takes us longer, but gives you more branches and quicker production.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you results the first full season.

4-5 ft.

Ships this Mon, Oct 27
List: $99.95
Sale: $66.97
6 at $63.62 each
Qty:  
Height:

The heights we list are after we prune your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back and to produce fruit.

We prune your tree throughout its life. This process takes us longer, but gives you more branches and quicker production.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you results the first full season.

2-3 ft.

Ships this Mon, Oct 27
List: $69.95
Sale: $46.87
6 at $44.53 each
Qty:  
Planting Mix for Apple Trees
Dorsett Southern Apple Tree Planting Mix

Helps your Dorsett Southern Apple Tree 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.


Soil Contents
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TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.


When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

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Dorsett Southern Apple Tree
Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ 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 need nutrition.

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


DIEHARD Transplant
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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...
       
•  Gala Apple Tree •  Jonathan Apple Tree
•  Granny Smith Apple Tree •  McIntosh Apple Tree
•  Honeycrisp Apple Tree •  Pink Lady Apple Tree
•  Red Delicious Apple Tree •  Yellow Delicious Apple Tree
•  Anna Southern 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.



Growing Zones: 5-9

Mature Height: 10-20 ft.
Mature Width: 10-20 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil Conditions: Well Drained
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Malus 'Dorsett'
Does not ship to: AZ, CA, ID, OR,
Growing Zones 5-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 5-9
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It's Easy to Plant your Dorsett Southern Apple Tree


Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Dorsett Southern Apple Tree.

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 Southern Apple Tree 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 Southern Apple Tree again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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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
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I have ordered trees online before 3 to 4 ft. and when we got them they were basically sticks, what should I expect if I got these from you?
patrick b on Jul 17, 2014
Best Answer: Our Trees grow up before they branch out. If a 3 to 4 foot size tree has branches the branches don't get higher up as the tree grows taller. Only the top of the tree gets taller, the branches stay in their location. In order to provide you with a tree that has tall enough branches to mow under and for kids to comfortably play under and for adults to comfortably relax under our trees branch out when they're taller.

The 5 to 6 foot is quite more mature than the 3 to 4 foot. the 3 to 4 foot is young tree that will grow and branch it. It will grow into the large tree that you desire.
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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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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.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 10, 2014
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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.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 7, 2014
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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
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Due to cold weather in some parts of the country, we have suspended shipping to the areas that are shaded on the map below. Please view the diagram to determine if your area has been affected. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 2, 3 or 4. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date. If you live in a shaded area but wish to receive your product(s) now, please visit our contact us page here or call a customer service rep toll free at 888-504-2001.

  Zone Shipping Resumes
  Zone 2 May 1st
  Zone 3 May 1st
  Zone 4 May 1st
How do I Request a Different Ship Date?

Call us at 888-504-2001, email us or enter your requested ship date in our shopping cart next to the billing information section. 

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Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
 
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Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.





Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.


Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.