Fall 2014 / Spring 2015 seasonWe are now taking provisional orders for fall 2014 shipping (warmer zones only) or spring 2015. 

Gala apple trees

RHS AGM for Gala
  • Pick: Mid-season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Juicing 

One of the most popular supermarket apple varieties, and a good mid-season variety for the garden in many areas. The sweet flavor of ripe Gala apples eaten straight from the tree is quite a surprise compared to supermarket examples. Gala is also a good variety for juicing, as you might expect the flavor is rich and sweet, useful for mixing with other sharper varieties.

Because of the commercial importance of Gala a large number of Gala "sports" exist. These are naturally occuring mutations, and are mostly indistinguishable from the original in terms of flavor but may have a deeper coloration or more pronounced flush to the skin.

IMPORTANT NOTE We strongly recommend Galarina or Sansa for backyard growers, in preference to Gala. Both these varieties are closely related to Gala and have similar appearance and flavors, but both have better disease-resistance and are better suited to the home orchard.

Order now for fall 2014 (warm zones) or spring 2015.

Gala apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Medium  (8ft - 12ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Semi-dwarf rootstock  (semi-dwarf) $29.00

Delivery discounts. Prices are for individual trees excluding delivery. There is no minimum quantity but it is cost effective to order in multiples of 4 trees.

Delivery period: Trees are delivered in March and April. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in a warm zone (e.g. Southern California, Alabama etc.) Fall delivery is possible. More details on our spring shipping schedule by state.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

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Summary features of Gala

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Poor
    Very susceptible to scab?
  • Canker: Some susceptibility?
  • Scab: Very susceptible?
  • Mildew: Some susceptibility?
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility?
  • Woolly aphid: Some susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rust: Some susceptibility?

    Uses

  • Picking season: Mid?
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more
    Flavour fades in storage but remains sweet?
  • Flavour quality: Average?
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for juice
    Gala produces a very sweet juice
  • Drying / Discoloring: Oxidising?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: New Zealand
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
  • Blossom colour: Pink - light
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

    Climate

  • Frost resistance: Good resistance?
  • Warm climates
    Tolerates a range of temperatures, including very warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
    Prefers drier conditions
  • Low-chill requirement
    500 hours
  • USDA Zone 5: Yes
  • USDA Zone 6: Yes
  • USDA Zone 7: Yes
  • USDA Zone 8: Yes
  • USDA Zone 9: Yes
  • Cold hardiness: -20F / -29C?


Pollination guide for Gala

Gala is in flowering group 4. Gala is partially self-fertile, but fruiting will be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Gala apple trees

Gala is grown on a commercial basis in South Africa, Chile, New Zealand, and France. One of its unique characteristics is that Gala will produce good-quality apples across an unusually wide range of climates from cool temperate to hot. Whilst not quite a low-chill variety, its chilling requirement of about 800 hours is at the lower end of the range, which helps when growing in warmer climate zones.

In the USA it can be grown with good quality from zones 5-9.

Gala appears to be susceptible to just about every problem known to affect apples, but don't let this put you off. In practice, provided you have a dry climate, it is not too difficult to grow - and the flavor of home-grown ripe Gala apples us worth a bit of effort.

Most sports of Gala have some degree of self-fertility - but will set much better crops if there is a nearby pollination partner.



Historical details

Developed by New Zealand apple enthusiast J.H. Kidd from one of his earlier successes, Kidd's Orange Red, which he crossed with Golden Delicious. Through this parentage Gala unites three of the world's most influential apple varieties, Cox's Orange Pippin, Delicious, and Golden Delicious.


Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Gala'


Related variety collections

Apple trees for southern California



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