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Big Harvest, Beautiful Fruit Buckeye® Gala Apple Tree

  • Beautiful Red Fruit & Burgundy Red Stipes
  • Tart & Tangy & Sweet Apples
  • Crisp, Juicy Creamy White Flesh
  • Early Fruit Harvest
  • Medium Sized Fruit
  • Pinkish Buds Open to White Blooms
  • Fragrant Flowers Attracts Pollinators
  • Ripens in August
  • Fast-Growing
  • High Yield!
  • Keeps in Storage Months!
  • 500-700 Chill Hours

The Buckeye® Gala Apple tree (Malus x 'Buckeye Gala') has been a favorite apple variety for over 50 years. Why? They're a tasty choice for both the backyard and commercial grower. As its name implies, the Buckeye Gala Apple originated in Ohio and is now grown across the globe.

The Buckeye Gala colors early, even in some shade, and because of their uniform coloration, they are good candidates for single picking. A full red apple, with possible deeper burgundy-red stripes. It will even color well when shaded. The creamy white-yellow flesh is a beautiful contrast to the deep red skin.

The Buckeye Gala has small to medium-size fruit, ranging between 3 and 4 inches. The flesh is crisp, fine-textured, juicy, and sweet, with just a little more tang than other varieties of Gala. As far as storage, you can expect them to stay fresh for months after harvest.

Buckeye® Gala Apple trees grow rapidly and bear regularly, so you will get a dependable crop sooner than many other varieties. The Buckeye Gala also grows well in hotter climates where other apple varieties may struggle.

The Buckeye Gala's apples ripen early (about 3 weeks before Red Delicious will be ready). They also provide good yields, so stock up on apple recipes, because you'll have plenty of fruit to use in your culinary adventures.

The Buckeye Gala's fertile pollen is a gift that keeps on giving. It can be used to pollinate other mid-season varieties. It can also take advantage of mid-season pollinators, such as Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, and Vista Bella, but not Gala sports and Golden sports.

How to Use Buckeye® Gala Apple In The Landscape

There is absolutely nothing that tastes as nice as homegrown fruit. Gala is the go-to sweet apple, adapted to a very wide range of climates. These trees are strong, semi-upright, and look great in any yard.

Homesteaders, urban foodies and clean eating proponents alike can feel happy about the high fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins A and C found naturally in apples. If you've considered growing your own fruit tree, the Gala comes highly recommended.

An all-purpose dessert apple, it's good for fresh eating, for salads, and for divine applesauce. It keeps its shape during baking. Add other firm varieties to pump up the depth of flavor in baked goods.

The Buckeye® Gala is a great variety to add a sugary, fresh flavor to an apple juice blend. Press with Granny Smith, of other tart cider apples, to bring up the sweetness of your juice blend.

The lovely blossoms and the great size of this tree mean it’s perfect for dual-purpose edible landscaping! Add one to your front yard as a beautiful specimen tree, or use it to shade your garden beds and patio!

#ProPlantTips For Care

You will want to choose a full sun spot to plant your Buckeye® Gala Apple. They prefer well-drained soil with a loamy composition. Provide consistent access to moisture and regular watering during drought.

As with all apple varieties, these prefer slightly acidic, well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 to 6.5. However, it will tolerate wetter, heavy clay soils.

One of the most attractive qualities is its wide range of adaptability! They'll grow well and produce a sweet crisp apple in the low chill climates of growing zones 8. However, they are also very productive in the higher chill climates of hardiness zone 5.

It's easy to keep your tree prune to remain at a safe picking height. Simply plan to do summer pruning to keep your tree to a reasonable height, say 6 - 8 feet tall.

By adding the Buckeye Gala Apple tree to your orchard or yard, you will have a great-tasting and steady producing tree for years to come. It's no wonder the Buckeye Gala is the apple of so many apple lovers' eyes. Sink your teeth into your own by ordering one from today!


Recommended Pollinators: Granny Smith, Fuji, and Golden Delicious

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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.

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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 .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters 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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Buckeye® Gala Apple Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Malus x 'Buckeye Gala'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 12 - 18 feet
Mature Spread 10 - 12 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3-5 Years
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes