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Dorsett Apple Tree (Low-Chill)

Malus 'Dorsett'


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

A Taste of the Old South

Anna Apple Tree (Low-Chill)

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

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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
(hardy down to -10℉)

Growing Zones 5-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

10-20 ft.

Mature Width:

10-20 ft.


Full Sun


15-20 ft

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Drought Tolerance:


Harvest Time:

June - July

Fruit Color:

Yelloww skin with orange/red blush

Year to Bear:

Fruits 1st Year!

Chill Hours:

< 100

Botanical Name:

Malus 'Dorsett'

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Learn why we stopped selling bare-root

Easily Grown in the South

  • 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 Apple Tree (Low-Chill) Pollination

Dorsett Apple Trees (Low-Chill) are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional pollinator will drastically increase the size of your crop. Below are the most effective pollinators we have chosen for your area...

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

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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
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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
over 2 years 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
over 2 years ago
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nice sturdy tree
received in great condition after shipping. very high quality tree.
September 17, 2015
Colsemile, TX
1 year ago
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Very excited about trying to grow this apple tree on the Gulf Coast.Planted the tree in mid-summer with 90 degree temperatures.Watering it heavily and it is making it so far.It is putting out new leaves now and seems to be taking hold.The tree was shipped in great shape and looks great.Hope to have apples in the future.I also planted a Anna apple tree as a pollinator and it is doing well also even in this heat of summer.
July 26, 2016
Rockport, TX
9 months ago
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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
over 2 years 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
11 months 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.

Planting & Care

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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Need self fertile fruit trees do to small size of my garden.
P P on Apr 11, 2017
Low-chill hours and heat tolerant
Amy H on Oct 29, 2016
Need self fertile fruit trees do to small size of my garden.
P P on Apr 11, 2017
This Dorsett Apple tree is to complement my existing Anna Apple Tree.
Robert A on Feb 5, 2017
Low-chill hours and heat tolerant
Amy H on Oct 29, 2016
To cross pollinate with Fugi Apple.
Carol B on Aug 22, 2016
pollinator for Anna Apple tree and good tree for the area
william j on Jul 3, 2016
This Dorsett Apple tree is to complement my existing Anna Apple Tree.
Robert A on Feb 5, 2017
To cross pollinate with Fugi Apple.
Carol B on Aug 22, 2016
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.
I live in Dallas TX. Can I plant an Apple Tree during this coming Spring or Summer? Or does it have to be late Fall? Also, can FGT pick me 2 trees that are compatible for best fruit results?
Vincent S on Mar 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I wouldn't wait until summer because the heat will be to stressful on the tree. FGT is always a good choice for advice. I have an anna and an ein shemer low chill tree to go along with my dorsett. I hope the information is helpful. Happy planting!!!
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.
How far apart do the trees need to be to pollinate each other? What's the difference between a male tree & a female tree? I'm in zone 9. Las Vegas.
LeeAnn T on Jun 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They need to be about 50 feet within one another. Apples have the male and female parts within the flower.
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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