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. Pollinator required: Choose another early or mid-blooming apple variety. See Recommended Pollinators below.

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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.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Love the taste
susanne p on Apr 10, 2021
This sounds like a great early apple suitable for my area.
Terri R on Dec 10, 2020
Love the taste
susanne p on Apr 10, 2021
Previous experience with strand
Lee C on Feb 10, 2021
This sounds like a great early apple suitable for my area.
Terri R on Dec 10, 2020
2nd only to Pink lady for fresh eating.
David S on May 13, 2020
Favorite apple in grocery
NANCY C on May 12, 2020
for my apple tree food plot for hunting
BRIAN C on May 11, 2020
Up to 7 month Storage and August Ripening Time.
Kenneth B on Apr 24, 2020
Good eating apple
Debbie M on Apr 23, 2020
I have had a gala apple tree for the last 20 years, it is an excellent producer and I really like the apples. We are getting older, and need a smaller tree-:)
Renate J on Apr 23, 2020
Wasn't my first choice, but there were so few dwarf apple trees available.
Tara C on Apr 21, 2020
Wife loves for making pies
DWIGHT C on Jan 21, 2020
Because they're my favorite apple
H K on Dec 26, 2019
Laurie 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
Previous experience with strand
Lee C on Feb 10, 2021
2nd only to Pink lady for fresh eating.
David S on May 13, 2020
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.
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.
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 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.
How big are the trees when they arrive?
CORY S on Jan 26, 2021
BEST ANSWER: When shipped, regular trees are about 3-4' tall and/or with a 3/8" or larger trunk diameter. A Stark?? Supreme Tree is one of the season's top-grade, bare-root trees that gives you a head start on growing. When Supreme trees are shipped, they are about 4-5' tall and/or with a 5/8" or larger trunk diameter.
Can a stark brothers dwarf crab apple be used for pollens toon?
Bill B on Jan 18, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. The variety of crabapple we carry is the Whitney and this can be used for pollination of other apple trees

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
If I live in an urban setting, do I still need a pollinator plant for this tree?
Richard W on May 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes this tree requires a pollinator to be planted within 50 feet for pollination, otherwise the tree will not ever bear fruit.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I want to grow a fruit tree in a container on my patio. What size and kind of container will work best for your dwarf trees?
Richard W on May 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You can grow almost anything in a container! This excellent article will answer your questions and provide good advice. Please see "Growing Fruit Trees in Containers" //
Will this buckeye gala apple tree pollinate with the pink lady apple tree and vice versa?
Teresa B on Apr 24, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I believe they should be able to cross pollinate, those trees flower around the same time. My buckeye gala is flowering right now (late April in the Northeast) and is cross pollinated by local crab apple trees and honey crisp apple trees.
Can I use a winsap apple tree to pollinate with this Gala apple tree?
Virginia R on Apr 21, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes these will work together for pollination as they are both Early-Mid bloomers.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
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'.
My Buckeye gala has apples on it and now it is blooming in August why is that?
Diane M on Aug 19, 2020
Which Polinator for Lodi zone 7A? Stark suggestions are out of stock, now what?
Suzanne J on Mar 9, 2020

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Tree did great
Planted tree on hunting property in my wild life orchard. The hole filled with water when planted, was afraid of root rot, it survived. Did have to deep water once a week in drought of summer, it was worth it, the tree adapted fine and had good growth. I would recommend to mulch and water when you can for the first few years. Can't wait till spring for the new growth and maybe bud, the deer will love em. I would definitely buy from Starks again. I have already ordered another 5 apple trees for another small orchard.
December 9, 2020
11 months ago
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 3 years ago