Apple 'Gala'

Malus x domestica

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malus (MAY-lus) (Info)
Species: x domestica (doh-MESS-tik-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Gala
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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Time:

Early season flowering


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Propagation Methods:

By grafting

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Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Midland City, Alabama

Bret Harte, California

Rialto, California

Riverdale Park, California

Capac, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

Florence, Mississippi

Hummelstown, Pennsylvania

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 14, 2019, RosinaBloom from Waihi,
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

NZ apple breeder James Hutton Kidd's clone - originally known as D8 - was sent for trials at Havelock North. Judged alongside 900 other apple varieties from around the world, it was declared outstanding, and was named 'Gala'. It was released onto the market in the 1960s, and soon became one of the world's most popular apples. 'Gala' was New Zealand's most important variety for a number of years.

The 'Royal Gala' apple was developed as a cross between the Golden Delicious and a Kids Orange Red in NZ in the 1930's also by James Kidd. 'Royal Gala' is a red mutation of the 'Gala' apple.

Royal Gala apples are harvested in late February and March and are available until September.


On Mar 19, 2013, drobarr from Hummelstown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I planted this variety in Fall 2008 and have gotten good yield every year since then. Ripens in my area in late August. Slightly susceptible to scab, but depends on number and length of infection periods. Tree is very vigorous.


On Aug 14, 2010, seacanepain from Midland City, AL wrote:

I am in Zone 8b. This is the only apple I've had complete success with, so far.


On Jan 26, 2006, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

(Also known as: Royal Gala)

"Parentage / Origin: Kidd's Orange Red x Golden Delicious; New Zealand, 1934
View list of Gala sport varieties
Harvest / Season: Harvest: October, Season: October-January
Description: Excellent for fresh eating. A very pretty, medium size, conical to round fruit with yellow skin patterned with bright orange-red. Firm, juicy, fine textured, yellow white flesh. Sweet slightly tart flavor. Hangs well on tree.
Tree Characteristics: Compact growth habit, prolific bearer. Needs heavy thinning to maintain fruit size and prevent biennial bearing."



On Jan 24, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Very juicy and crisp fruit. Ripens Sept - Oct. Tree is a heavy producer. Fruit is red-orange striped over yellow background. Great for fresh eating and/or cooking. Originally from New Zealand.