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Buckeye Gala® Apple

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Beautifully colored Gala. Fruit is bright red with distinctively dark red stripes. Great for fresh-eating, cooking, and baking. Keeps up to 7 months in proper storage. Originates in Ohio circa 1994. Ripens mid-late August. Best pollinators: Stark® Super Red Fuji, Starkrimson® Red Delicious, or any Golden Delicious.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Early - Mid
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
Ripens/Harvest Mid-late August
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Texture 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 8 - 10' tall x 8 - 10' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 8 - 10' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best 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.

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Why did you choose this?
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Wife loves for making pies
DWIGHT C on Jan 21, 2020
Laurie M on May 21, 2019
Wife loves for making pies
DWIGHT C on Jan 21, 2020
Because they're my favorite apple
H K on Dec 26, 2019
Laurie M on May 21, 2019
New add to tree collection!
DANIEL D on May 3, 2019
I like Gala apples. Our first time planting fruit trees
Anna O on Mar 22, 2019
I am a Buckeye. :)
Teresa F on Mar 17, 2019
My favorite apple
Mary Ann C on Mar 10, 2019
Great tasting
Donny D on Mar 10, 2019
I want a Gala that will grow in my zone. Hope this is it. We have a Golden Delicious in the yard already as pollinator. I like maturity time. Hope it will survive an Idaho winter.
MARY K on Mar 8, 2019
one of the best gala strains out there cant go wrong deveoped in ohio i live in michigan my next door neighbor.
carl on Feb 18, 2019
Ohio Favorite
Don W on Jan 23, 2019
Wanted a small tree with a good tasting red apple to eat fresh off of the tree
Patricia F H on Oct 11, 2018
Our family loves Gala Apples and they came up when searching what would grow well in our zone (6A).
Suzanne M on Jul 25, 2018
Because they're my favorite apple
H K on Dec 26, 2019
New add to tree collection!
DANIEL D on May 3, 2019
What root stock is used on semi dwarf apple trees?
Drew H on Oct 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We are unable to guarantee a specific rootstock in our Retail Department. However, our Customer Support Team might be able to help you determine the probable rootstock or rootstocks used on this year???s crop. Please contact us at 800.325.4180.
is your trees top chopet off ?
paul d on Jan 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: yes, lowered height at planting and will also this spring to get great scaffold limbs, also learned how to triple first year apple growth. I mulched with 20 gallons wood chips blended with 5 gallons chicken litter and triple 20 fertilizer and micromax micronutrients. compared to 2017 apple planting where only used mowing for weed control and dry fertilizer alone. We also had wet summer. I prune every spring for 9 steps remove dead wood, lower height, rid narrow crotch angles, suckers and water sprouts, downward growing branches, space scaffold limbs evenly, allow sunlight to reach middle of tree, remove around 1/3 new growth. Interesting side benefit in peaches with this mulch is that faster growing mulched trees had no bacterial leaf spot while non mulched trees with same fungicide program had bad leaf spot.
is this a good apple for baking and making into jam?
k r on Dec 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: When these trees are several years, probably 6 to 8, older and begin producing you can ask me.
will apple trees grow near oak trees?
Mike K on Jan 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, unless they are heavily shaded by the oak. You may be thinking of black walnut trees, which give off the toxic juglone that is fatal to many other kinds of trees and plants.
Full sun?
Marcy W on Oct 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: All apple varieties need full sun to produce the maximum yield.
How far do the roots spread?
Mary K on Jul 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: That will depend entirely on the environmental conditions, the quality of your soil and what kind of fertilizer and rainfall it receives. It also depends upon the tree size you choose. A dwarf will spread an average of 10'; a semi-dwarf will spread 15'.
Which Polinator for Lodi zone 7A? Stark suggestions are out of stock, now what?
Suzanne J on Mar 9, 2020

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espalier gala
I am waiting for the tree to get bigger. I am using this tree as part of my espalier, so it will take a couple years to bear fruit. I also lost one of the cherry trees as wellas one of the peach trees over the winter. I was a little disappointed, but it is to be expected out here with the dry, wintry conditions.
May 3, 2019
over 2 years ago