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Starkrimson® Gala Apple

Item #134944, Semi-Dwarf. Ships 3 - 4' tall with advanced root system in a 4x4x10" EZ Start® pot.
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Easy-to-Grow! A Stark Pick

Looks as good as it tastes! These apples feature gorgeous, shiny, red-striped skin that colors early. You can choose between picking sooner for optimal storage life (up to four months) or bringing the fruit to mouth-watering perfection on the tree. This variety is sweet, aromatic and juicy, and the perfect size for snacking. Also delicious in crisps, cobblers and pies. Originates in New Zealand circa 1985. Ripens in late August or early September. Best pollinators: Stark® Super Red Fuji, Starkrimson® Red Delicious or any Golden Delicious. May be covered by U.S.P.P. #10016 or other patents. Baigent cultivar.


Bloom Color Pink, Red, White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Late August/early September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet, Juicy
Texture Firm, Tender, Fine & Crisp
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 12 - 15' apart to ensure room for growth.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow apple trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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Our Promise of Satisfaction

1 Year Warranty

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I always buy these at grocery store
BARBARA P on Jun 13, 2016
My kids love to eat these apples for snack. They are the perfect size for kids and delicious for eating.
JENNIFER D on Jun 1, 2016
I always buy these at grocery store
BARBARA P on Jun 13, 2016
The Gala Apple is my youngest grandson's favorite apple.
Becky P on Jun 5, 2016
My kids love to eat these apples for snack. They are the perfect size for kids and delicious for eating.
JENNIFER D on Jun 1, 2016
One of my kids favorite apple variety.
Theresa G on May 31, 2016
Great flavor and crunch for an eating apple.
Jon A on May 27, 2016
Good for my area and cooking and eating apple
Christine V on May 20, 2016
Have an apple tree we planted many years ago that never has produced. Hoping by planting this close to it, they will work as pollinators to one another.
John M on May 10, 2016
wife loves these apples
Paul M on May 3, 2016
Crisp, sweet, and perfect size.. One of my favorites! Add to that a sale and free pruning and how could I resist. Hoping a pollinator will go on sale soon. BTW STARK IS THE BEST! my peach & pear trees had just started producing when we moved. I bought nursery trees locally with pollinators and it has been 16 years. They never grew (but didnt die) & never produced.
Michelle B on Apr 23, 2016
Good eating apple and good for pies.
Miguel R on Apr 18, 2016
I needed a pollinator. I have other Galas in my orchard but did not have the specific version you specified as a pollinator.
Kirsten H on Apr 18, 2016
I just love the sweet flavor of this apple.
Steffanie H on Apr 10, 2016
Pollinator for Suncrisp. Replacing tree my husband killed with weedeater!
Norma S on Mar 31, 2016
Family likes Gala apples.
Thomas S on Mar 30, 2016
I love the taste of this apple.
MARY F on Mar 25, 2016
My husband's favorite apple for it's crispiness and taste.
DEBRA K on Mar 24, 2016
For Grandson
Fred B on Mar 14, 2016
A great tasting apple- easy to grow tree
Eugene S on Mar 13, 2016
Good all purpose apple and like the flavor. We already have a golden delicious apple tree that will pollinate the gala.
Vanessa M on Mar 8, 2016
grows well in northern Oklahoma, and produce a fair yield each year
Joseph C on Mar 7, 2016
The Gala Apple is my youngest grandson's favorite apple.
Becky P on Jun 5, 2016
One of my kids favorite apple variety.
Theresa G on May 31, 2016
why do i have only 1 branch on an apple tree with flowers?
nancy on May 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Only if it is the first year of flowering. After that all branches should flower.
Would Jonathan be a good enough pollinator for gala?
JANICE J on May 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Sure, those varieties would cross-pollinate one another ??? a great pairing, especially if you like Galas and Jonathans!
could I cross-pollinate with a JonaGold?
cathylpn on May 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Gala will pollinate Jonagold, so Jonagold will fruit, but Jonagold is a "pollen sterile" triploid, meaning Gala will not set fruit without another variety as a viable pollen source.

Customer Reviews

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Spectacular promise
I planted the dwarf last year. This year it is loaded with blossoms. So far, so good. BTW, the tree was healthy and strong when it arrived and seems to have done well through an upstate NY winter with little snow cover. Only four stars because I only have blossoms so far, but it is a joy to see the tree doing so well so fast.
May 13, 2016
1 year ago
Loaded with blooms.
I would recommend this product. Our tree is doing well two years after planting it, and this year it has lots of fertilized flowers.
May 7, 2016
over 2 years ago
Very nice and easy to take care of one of many trees we have
May 5, 2016
over 2 years ago
no apples
It is two years in the ground and the leaves finally came on this spring. It leafed out about 3 weeks after the other apple trees, and did not bloom. Not real happy with it. The other trees are Stark and I am happy with them. Maybe I just got a lazy tree.
May 15, 2016
1 year ago
So far so good.
I got mine in 2015. It felt so strange having a tree for awhile that looked like a dead stick. Now in the spring of 2016 it is doing beautifully. Of course no fruit yet but that is expected. I'm so excited! Yes, it is a long wait, but the sooner you plant one the sooner it will pay off.
May 14, 2016
1 year ago
Gala Apple tree
Would definitely recommend. I needed a different variety for better pollination, so I chose Starkrimson Gala after all I had heard about it. This tree is doing everything it should right now. It's only been in the ground for a year, so I'm optimistic about fruit inthe next year or two.
May 25, 2016
1 year ago
Starkrimson Gala Apple
nicely branched and symmetrical...starting out quite well this spring
May 21, 2016
1 year ago
Northern spy doing well but stark Gala Apple did not come back this year
My neighbor has a fruit Grove all stark brothers. When he was in your last year he purchased me a Northern spy and a Gala Apple tree. I added it to my Grove but only the Northern spy came back this year. Both were planted correctly I have many trees not sure what the problem was.
May 19, 2016
1 year ago
Young gala apple tree
I bought two young bare root apple trees, on sale items, last year at the end of the season. Both are doing very well. I recommend Stark trees highly.
May 12, 2016
1 year ago
There has not yet been much growth. It does not seem to be helping my green apple tree pollinate either. Hopefully in time it will do well.
May 10, 2016
1 year ago