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Dorsett Apple Tree (Low-Chill)

Malus 'Dorsett'


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-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
-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.

Coarse 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- Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

-t- 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.

Tree Gator

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

Growth Rate:


Harvest Time:

June - July

Year to Bear:

Fruits 1st Year!

Botanical Name:

Malus 'Dorsett'

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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.

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Dorsett Apple Tree (Low-Chill) Pollination

Dorsett Apple Trees (Low-Chill) are not self-fertile. You will need to plant another variety to achieve fruiting. 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

4.5 / 5.0
12 Reviews
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Can't wait for them apples
Just another great tree from a great nursery didnt want to leave a review right away till i seen how the tree takes to the new location but like all the other trees i got from here she didnt skip a beat this is my new addiction
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October 30, 2018
4 months ago
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Love there selection
Trees were put into the ground 3 days after we received them ,and they are doing great been 30 days now .have ordered other trees and will be ordering again soon
May 17, 2018
9 months ago
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Fruit second spring
Even though they were small and just a few apples the tree is still small the apples taste great.
August 12, 2017
over 3 years ago
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already had three apples start in just months of planting
May 6, 2017
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
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
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
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
over 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
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
Presently it's adapting and growing. However the tree was almost dried up when it arrived.
July 28, 2015
Vallejo, CA
over 3 years ago
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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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Planting & Care

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

Dorsett Apple Tree (Low-Chill) Planting Diretions

The Dorsett Apple Tree (Malus 'Dorsett') is a low chill apple tree valued for needing less than 100 chill hours to be able to produce fruit. It will also do well in more southern USDA growing zones like 5-9 where it gets warmer earlier in the year. In more milder climates, you will start seeing light pink blooms as early as mid-January and fruit as early as late June. They produce medium to large golden skin apples with hints of blue and scarlet. They are crisp and sweet, similar to a Golden Delicious with a hint of vanilla. The Dorsett Apple tree will reach a mature height and width of 10-20 feet tall/wide and will require a cross pollinator in order for the fruit to set. See the pollination chart below for the best cross pollinator partner.

Location: Be sure that the location you plan to plant your tree will receive full sun which means at least six hours of direct sun each day. If the area receives more than half a day’s shade then the tree will not perform well. Drainage is essential so if you have an overabundance of clay, some soil amending may be required. The pH range of the soil (for the best results) is 6.0-6.5 and a soil test can determine this easily. Testing kits can be found at your local gardening center to test the acidity of your soil. If the soil is mostly sand then amending peat moss into the sand will help with moisture retention otherwise more frequent irrigation will be needed.

Planting Directions (in ground): Now that you have found your ideal planting location for the Dorsett apple there are some basic steps for planting the tree. You can raise the acidity of the soil if necessary using lime or wood ash. To lower the pH you can amend sulfur, sphagnum peat or aluminum/iron sulfate into the soil.

1) Make your planting site hole twice the width of the root ball and just as deep.
2) Gently comb your hands over the root ball to free up the roots before planting. Take care not to be to rough with the roots.
3) Place your new Dorsett apple tree in the hole and be sure it’s straight as you begin to back fill the hole. Tamp down the soil as you fill the hole to prevent air pockets from forming.
4) Water the planting site to settle the soil and then mulch around the base to prevent competing weeds and grasses from growing around the area.
*Tip: Make sure your mulch is not touching the base of the trunk as this can encourage rot and fungus from forming.

Planting Directions (potted tree): Most wouldn’t think you cannot grow an apple tree that isn’t a dwarf variety in a pot. With the Dorsett apple you can definitely grow a happy, healthy apple tree in a pot! Growing this way will also help maintain the tree at a more manageable height.

1) You will want to start off with a fairly large pot for the apple tree to have enough space to stretch out its root system. A ten gallon or even a fifteen gallon pot will be a good size to start with. Plastic pots may not be a good selection as they can get hot in the sun and aren’t insulated against the cold.
2) Select a well draining, quality potting soil mix to fill the pot.
3) Some light trimming of the roots is encouraged before potting the tree to prevent it from becoming a root bound mess in the pot. Snip the roots so they are about ½ inch from the inside wall of the pot.
4) Be sure you add enough soil to the bottom of the pot so the graft union will be level with the rim of the pot. Fill the pot until there is about a 2 inch space from the rim to the top of the soil.

Watering (in ground): Your Dorsett apple will benefit from a regular watering habit each week. You may need to water more often in times of extreme heat or drought. The soil surrounding your tree should be moist, but never saturated. Light green leaves can be a sign of over watering, while drooping leaves can be a sign of both over or under watering.

Watering (potted): Water slowly when you irrigate the tree to ensure even moisturizing of the soil. When the tree is in a dormant state, only provide enough water to keep the soil slightly moistened. As soon as you see newer growth coming out of the tree you can water whenever the top 2 inches of the soil feels dry.

Pruning (in ground): Once your tree has become established and is starting to bear fruit, it will need some periodic, moderate pruning. Only prune the tree during times of dormancy making sure to remove any vigorous, upright stems which are quite common in the upper portion of the tree. Weak, damaged or dead branches should also be removed. Low hanging, droopy branches should also be removed. As a branch declines with age it should be cutback to let younger branches take over and produce better.

Pruning (potted): Once you have your tree potted and comfortable, prune the branches back to about Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
I am building an orchard of low-chill apples that will grow in zone 8
Remae H on Oct 16, 2018
The area I live in
Tony F on Apr 20, 2018
I am building an orchard of low-chill apples that will grow in zone 8
Remae H on Oct 16, 2018
Wanted a tree that produced fruit early in the growing season.
Lonnie M on Oct 3, 2018
The area I live in
Tony F on Apr 20, 2018
Need low chill
Leigh M on Mar 16, 2018
I wanted a early season apple to compliment my fall apple trees.
Tommy C on Nov 16, 2017
excellent shape on arrival, doing well so far
david b on Oct 28, 2017
ROBERT D on Sep 13, 2017
Cross pollinate with my gala
louis r on Jul 3, 2017
I was very happy with my Anna from FGT. I decided to give it some company.
James A on May 5, 2017
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
Wanted a tree that produced fruit early in the growing season.
Lonnie M on Oct 3, 2018
Need low chill
Leigh M on Mar 16, 2018
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.
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
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: With extra care you can plant in the summer, by planting in the evening after the sun goes down, so it will not get leaf burn. Giving it extra water and putting a 3-4 inch of mulch (keeping a few inches away from the trunk) to help retain moisture during hot dry weather.
Hi. I live in Delaware. Zone 7. Is now Right time to grow apple tree in ground?. Also. It's okay to grow 1 apple tree alone in my. Back yeard?.thank you .
Mohammed on Aug 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I live in zone 7b, the Dorsett can take most heat where I am so you should be fine to plant it now, just be sure to keep it watered for the first year. Will give it more time to set roots before any deep freezes. The Dorsett needs a pollinator to set fruit, if you have crabapple trees in your neighborhood you may be ok. From the Internets machine: "It is worth remembering that most white-blossom crab apple trees make excellent pollinators for almost any apple variety. This is because they produce very large quantities of pollen over a long period and are (with some exceptions) only distantly related to mainstream apple varieties so their pollen is highly compatible."
what is the planting schedule for this tree in zone 8 ?
Pamela R on Aug 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I received my apple tree in March. At that time we had family get togethers and I forgot about the tree. It was on the front porch and I moved it to the back so I wouldn't forget. I forgot. By the time I planted it, it was May. I planted it in June! That little tree has grown putting out full leaves and tiny limbs. I will never buy from any one but Fast-Growing-Trees. I am not a computer but a real live happy person telling you about my apple tree!
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.
If the leaves turn yellow and fall off, will they grow back again during the fall? I think I was underwatering my tree. Should I water it deeply at least once a week from here on out? Thank you.
Evan P on Oct 3, 2018

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