The Gala Apple tree is a long cherished apple variety that came about from crossing Kidd’s Orange Red Apple and Golden Delicious Apple. An easy growing and care free fruit tree, it is also self pollinating as an added bonus!
The home grown apples are blush red with a striped variation. The fruit is deliciously sweet flavored with a crisp tart bite that can’t be replicated in grocery store bought apples. The Gala Apple tree is in bloom in the early spring with a mid season harvest time during the month of October. The Gala apple tree flower color is white with green foliage.
With it being small and compact, the semi dwarf Gala Apple tree is perfect for small planting sites, fruit tree gardens, or even large containers. Your tree should start producing apples and bear fruit after 1-3 years. These great tasting apples are perfect for fresh eating right off the tree, baking apple pies, or stored on the counter or fridge for later use.
Gala Apple Tree Care
The Gala Apple tree hardiness zones are 5-9. It can grow in most regions of the United States. The chill hour requirement for the Gala is 500 hours. We have even heard success stories about this fruit tree growing in zone 4 and zone 10. The Gala produces the best fruit in full sun and well draining soil.
The dwarf Gala Apple tree size is up to 15-17 feet tall in tree height and 12-15 feet wide at full maturity. It is a self fertile apple tree but with other apple trees nearby to help cross pollinate it will provide greater yield and more fruit! The best varieties for cross pollination are Red Delicious or Granny Smith.
Gala Apple tree diseases may include apple scab, fire blight, or powdery mildew. The best way to avoid these issues is by establishing a regular watering schedule, applying a slow release fertilizer annually in early spring, and adding a thick 2 inch layer of mulch or organic matter at the base of the tree near the root system to help hold in moisture. Check out our blog on Apple Tree Diseases for more information.
You can prune your apple tree in winter or early spring to give the branches and fruit the best air circulation. You do not want the Gala tree’s limbs to be overcrowded so you can produce bushels of apples. Overcrowded trees may affect branches with fruit on them and promote fungal diseases or bacterial diseases discussed above. Eventually, this will affect fruit you will have to remove the infected branches and treat them with a fungicide. This is why it is so important to take pruning practices seriously starting when they are young trees.
Shop the Gala Apple tree for sale for a mild sweet tasting apple tree that is easy to grow at home.
*These trees do not ship bare root. They are rooted in soil in their nursery container.
Check out the Apple Tree Growing Guide for more information on growing and harvesting apples.
Malus domestica 'Gala'
- Self pollinating
- Perfect for eating fresh off the tree
- Semi dwarf variety