Do apple trees needed a dormant stage? I have planted an apple tree in my front yard in one of the hottest area of Hawaii and I'm so pleased it survive, flowered and bear fruits for me. I planted this semi-dwarf dorsett golden apple a year ago (2007) and it didn't experience any dormant stages when all the leaves fall off. Is this normal for this type of tree that required chilling hours planted in tropical areas? Obviously my apple tree didn't require chill hours to bear fruit. The fruit is small, but the taste is delightful--it's sweet and tart, I love it. Here is the first picture of the fruit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/23858645@N06/2948296907/ However, I'm a bit worried that the lack of dormant stage in my apple tree could be detrimental to its health. Do apple trees planted in tropical region require it?