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The Perfect Blend of Modern and Old Fashioned

The Gala Apple Tree (Malus ‘Gala’) produces a delicious snacking apple that is quickly becoming a favorite in grocery stores. It’s an attractive flowering tree with irresistible fruit.

You will be delighted when your Gala bursts to life in spring. The beautiful pink buds will open to reveal snowy white flowers, a sure sign that your tree is well on its way to producing fruit.

Throughout the summer the Gala apples mature to a bright overall red color, with bold red stripes over a yellow-green background. The fruit is firm, juicy and sweet with a slight tart flavor.

The Gala Apple Trees fruit young and ripen early. You can start harvesting your apples as early as August, and continue through the fall. Soon your tree should start producing bushels of apples, plenty to share with family and friends.

Although the Gala apple is popular for their large, crisp fruit, they also resist bruising and can be stored up to six months. This means you could be eating fresh, home-grown apples as late as February and March. What a treat for you and your family.

For larger harvests we recommend planting your Gala Apple Tree with a pollinator. Good choices for cross pollination would be our Braeburn, McIntosh and Pink Lady apple trees.

The Gala Apple Tree is an easy to grow, adaptable tree that matures quickly. The apples are highly coveted for pies and sauces, and the tree itself would be an attractive addition to any yard.

* Yellow Green Apple with Red Stripes
* Extended Ripening
* Stores Up To 6 Months

Recommended pollinators: Fuji, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Red Delicious

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
3.5" Container Equal to .67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume
4" Container Equal to .87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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World Wide Top Selling Gala Apple

The Gala Apple began as a cross of Golden Delicious with Kidd's Orange Red by J.H. Kidd in the early 1930's at Greytown, New Zealand. Kidd, an early pioneer of sustainable orchard practices had already produced a winner in the fine quality of the Kidd's Orange Red, released as Delco in 1912. His desire was to improve the keeping quality of the famous Cox Orange Pippin.

Kidd crossed the Orange Pippin with the popular American variety Red Delicious. The result was a success, as Delco proved, to bring all the qualities of both varieties together, as well as improving the storage time. Once Delco's (Del)icious x (Co)x Orange Pippin) was realized for its fine quality, it was bought by the world's largest fruit tree company, Duncan & Davies, and released in 1930 as Kidd's Orange Red.

Kidd continued to work with the Orange Red, understanding the qualities of his selection. He began working with other popular varieties, including the American selection Golden Delicious. During WWII, and before his death in 1945, he had all his seedlings transferred to the Appleby Research Orchard in Nelson, New Zealand where by 1950 all had fruited, but only 3 proved to be marketable. Telstar and Feyberg became local successes. The variety simply known as D8 was thought to have superior commercial qualities and was sent for additional testing where in 1960 it was released to the market as Gala Apple.

A US Patent for the cultivar was obtained in 1974 by Donald W. Mckenzie of the Stark Brothers Nursery and, by the 1980's, Gala was well on its way to being one of the top selling varieties of apple throughout the World.

PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Gala Apple Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-10
Growing Zones 4-10
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Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Malus 'Gala'
Mature Height Semi-Dwarf: 15 - 20 feet
Soil Type Well Drained
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years