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Dorsett Golden apple

Dorsett Golden was raised by Mrs Dorsett in The Bahamas in the 1950s.  It is one of a very small group of apple varieties that can flourish in tropical climates, because of its exceptionally low chilling requirement of less than 300 hours.  Researchers at the University of Florida have even observed Dorsett Golden growing as an evergreen, i.e. with no dormant period although it does not fruit properly when this happens.

Dorsett Golden flowers in southern Calfornia in January and late February in Florida, far ahead of most varieties, so pollination is a potential issue.  It is a natural partner for another low-chill variety, Anna which is also descended from Golden Delicious, and each will pollinate the other.

The apples ripen late June / early July in southern California.  Like most early season varieties the apples do not keep, however the flesh is lightly crisp and with a good flavor - far better than might be expected from an early season hot climate apple.  Flavor is apparently better in apples which are slightly shaded (the reverse of what is normally recommended for cool climate apples).

Dorsett Golden trees are extremely precocious and will start fruiting in their second year.

Whilst there is no disputing that this variety was raised in The Bahamas as a chance seedling, some authorities have questioned whether it is a seedling of Golden Delicious, suggesting it may instead be from an Israeli breeding programme at the Ein Shemer kibbutz.  However that programme also featured Golden Delicious, so the obvious similarity with Golden Delicious is probably explained by a close relationship either as a parent or grandparent.

We are grateful to Kevin Hauser for information and photos of this variety.

Last updated 14 Jan 2011.

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A remarkable early-season apple, well-adapted to tropical climates and with a very low chill requirement.

Dorsett Golden phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Probably a seedling of Golden Delicious
  • Originates from: Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
  • Introduced: 1954
  • Developed by: Mrs Dorsett
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1592
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession number: 1969-036


  • Fruit colour: Yellow / Gold


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Harvest period: Early season
  • Use / keeping: 1-3 days


  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Very early season
  • Flowering group: 0 Flowers exceptionally early - January in southern California, usually grown alongside Anna.
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer


  • Chilling: Low-chill Fruits readily with 300 hours or less.
  • Climate suitability: Warm climates

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

  • Golden Delicious (parent) - Golden Delicious is probably the parent, or possibly grand-parent of Dorsett Golden.

See also:

  • Anna - Anna and Dorsett Golden are natural partners, being the only varieties which flower so early in the season.

Dorsett Golden identification photos from official fruit collections

UK National Fruit Collection

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UK National Fruit Collection

Dorsett Golden identification photos from website visitors

Dorsett Golden
Dorsett Golden

Copyright: Kevin Hauser

Anna (left) and Dorsett Golden (right)
Anna (left) and Dorsett Golden (right)

Copyright: Kevin Hauser

Dorsett Golden tree in southern California, fruiting in early July
Dorsett Golden tree in southern California, fruiting in early July

Copyright: Kevin Hauser

Dorsett Golden showing typical heavy blossom
Dorsett Golden showing typical heavy blossom

Copyright: Kevin Hauser

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The following Dorsett Golden trees have been registered - click the name to view more details of each tree.

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2014 season

  • 1st February  2014  - tree owned by Dave in SANTA BARBARA, United States
  • February  2014  - tree owned by Cr in MARANA, United States
  • 20th January  2014  - tree owned by Danny in PHOENIX, United States

2013 season

  • 15th October  2013  - tree owned by Don in CORONA, United States
  • 15th April  2013  - tree owned by Jim in AUSTIN, United States

2012 season

  • 28th January  2012  - tree owned by Avary in LA MESA, United States

2011 season

  • March  2011  - tree owned by Randy in BAXLEY, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2014 season

    2013 season

    • 1st week July  2013  - tree owned by Dave in SANTA BARBARA, United States
    • 4th week June  2013  - tree owned by Jim in SURPRISE, United States
    • 3rd week June  2013  - tree owned by Jim in AUSTIN, United States

    2012 season

      2011 season

      • 2nd week June  2011  - tree owned by Randy in BAXLEY, United States

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