Starkrimson® Gala Apple

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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. Pollinator required: Choose another apple variety. See Recommended Pollinators below.

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Bloom Color Pink, White
Bloom Time Early - Mid
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
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

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' tall x 8 - 10' wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'
Dwarf 8 - 10'


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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My favorite eating apple
Mabel G on Apr 11, 2021
As a pollinator for my honeycrisp.
Detroit on May 26, 2020
My favorite eating apple
Mabel G on Apr 11, 2021
4th anniversary gift for my husband. 4th anniversary gift is fruit, his favorite fruit is apple.
Jessica C on Aug 17, 2020
As a pollinator for my honeycrisp.
Detroit on May 26, 2020
I love this type of apple keeps well
Patricia B on Apr 28, 2019
Christopher W on Apr 22, 2019
Gala recommended by my county extension office.
Vern on Mar 23, 2019
We love gala apples.
Gary M on Mar 3, 2019
The Gala is the best all purpose apple in my opinion, and I like the hardiness. This area is hot in the Summer, and a family member had good success with this apple here.
Glen T on Mar 2, 2019
Because it was recommended as an easy growing cross pollinator.
Tinika L on Feb 22, 2019
Love the taste of gala apples!
Scott R on Feb 16, 2019
Jahmaker on Feb 11, 2019
We love the taste of Gala Apples and hope this dwarf tree does well for us as first time fruit tree growers. We plan to plant all 4 of our dwarf fruit trees in raised beds as our area can receive lots of rain in the spring/early summer.
PAULA L on Feb 11, 2019
A dwarf tree is the best size for my space. I have one other Stark tree for pollination and feel the apple not only is the best tasting in my estimation, but between the two will not overtake the area.
Judie M on Oct 10, 2018
Matched it to a honey crisp tree. Love a good apple, two even better.
alain a on Sep 13, 2018
favorite apple of all time
Ginger C on Apr 30, 2018
Very productive apple in my orchard.
John T on Oct 29, 2017
I just really like how gala apples taste. They also store well over winter.
Heather B on Apr 6, 2017
excellent for apple sauce
GARY B on Feb 21, 2017
I love the way these taste, and we don't have a very big yard. I wasn't able to find these in dwarf sizes at any other site, and I'm excited to have found this site sells these in dwarf size.
Desiree B on Oct 31, 2016
my both sons love this apple
Bobur A on Sep 29, 2016
I like gala apples, but we can't eat tons of them, so I chose the Starkrimson Gala for a stepover espalier. I bought it this spring, cut it off at the knees, and trained two branches to grow laterally, keeping the tips turned upward. They are about 30 inches long now. It's doing very well. I am very pleased.
Henry N on Aug 24, 2016
Gala apples are the standard in our house.
Jerry C on Aug 8, 2016
Excellent texture, good yield, and a good apple for pies, dried fruit and bottled fruit.
James D on Aug 4, 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.
Mig 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
4th anniversary gift for my husband. 4th anniversary gift is fruit, his favorite fruit is apple.
Jessica C on Aug 17, 2020
I love this type of apple keeps well
Patricia B on Apr 28, 2019
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!
why do i have only 1 branch on an apple tree with flowers?
nancy on May 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Apples bloom on second year wood that has not been shaded. Sometimes the balance of nutriants in the soil are too lean...look at the color of the leaves. They should not be yellow.
What if I only want Gala apples? Can I get two of them and let them pollinate each other?
Enoch P on Dec 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! You will need a different variety to pollinate your Gala tree. Two varieties of the same apple will not cross-pollinate. There are several recommended pollinators on the product page that will do a fine job of pollinating your Gala tree.
When should I pick my gals apples? I live near St Patrick MO thanks
Ken S on Aug 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Weather and soil conditions have much to do with the right time to harvest; even those vary from year to year. Galas usually ripen in late-August/early September.

Apples tell you they???re ripe by losing the last traces of their green background color and developing full, bright color. Most important, they become less tangy-tart and sweeter in taste. You???ll also notice the seeds turn from white to brown. When picking, just lift them upward quickly. If they???re ready, they will come loose without damage to the tree.
Will the Starkrimson Gala pollinate the Stark Fuji apple tree?
james on Aug 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We recommend Granny Smith to pollinate Stark?? Super Red Fuji, but Gala will pollinate it as well. Please contact Customer Support at 800.325.4180 if you would like more information; we would be happy to discuss other pollination options and help you find the right tree.
Will a pristine apple cross pollinate with the gala?
Clyde K on Apr 12, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Yes these two varieties should pollinate as they both are Mid season bloomers.
Is this apple tree cedar/apple rust resistant?
Shirley O on Apr 9, 2021
BEST ANSWER: No unfortunately this is not a disease resistant variety.
My almost 3 year old Semi dwarf Apple Gala tree brought from Starkbros has root like formation on its lower branches. What should I do?
Srivalli Y on Mar 28, 2021
BEST ANSWER: If you ae able please send a picture to and some one will be happy to look at this and see if they can determine a resolution.
Will this cross pollinate with an Orleans Antique apple tree?
Melissa P on Sep 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will. They are in the same flowering group.
I have 2 red delicious apple trees now. Would they be ok for pollinators of the Starkrismon Gala ?
Scott R on Feb 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they bloom at the same time and would work well together.
Will dwarf Starkrimson Gala Trees cross pollinate with your Granny Smith?
Evelyn B on Jun 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they are in the same flowering group.
Thanks??? today I received the gala and fuji trees, There are no any leaves on them, I wonder this is May 20, being supposed to see leaves follower on it. Is there any resons?
SAMUEL Z. on May 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If you just received them, they are still dormant. Plant them right away according to READ THIS FIRST insert that came in the package. In 2 weeks or so, you will start to see it leaf out.
Is the gala apple trees a dwarf? or semi-dwarf
SAMUEL Z. on May 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi, I usually get all my tress as semi dwarf. The deer can get more apples and buds on the dwarf trees.
Will honey crisp pollinate well with gala?
Chad H on Apr 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will. They have a similar bloom time and are good pollinating partners.
Is this an heirloom variety?
Desiree W on Jun 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The original Gala apple was discovered in 1934; this is an improvement upon the original. This would not generally be grouped with heirloom apples like Cox's Orange Pippin Antique or Ben Davis.
Will this cross pollinate with crimson crisp well?
Jason R on Oct 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Gala is an excellent pollinator for many apple varieties, including CrimsonCrisp??.
will the Stark?? Custom Graft?? 2-N-1 Sweet Treat Apple honey crisp and little jewel pollinate the Gala?
Ryan B on Sep 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Yes, it will because one of the varieties on the 2N1 tree is Honeycrisp???, which will indeed pollinate Gala.
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.
Do Honeycrisp apple treen and starkrimson gala apple trees pollinate each other?
Rose P on May 26, 2020

Customer Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
33 Reviews
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Pests love this tree
Not sure why, but compared to two other verities of semi-dwarf trees that I planted at the same time (Red Delicious and Ben Davis), all types of critters seem to have a preference for the Gala. Japanese Beetles, Aphids, and even saddleback caterpillars appear in much greater numbers on the Gala. Probably due to this, its growth has been pretty lackluster after the second summer.
August 23, 2016
over 5 years ago
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
over 5 years 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
over 6 years ago
Sweet Flovor apples!!
Picked apples for the first time from this new tree and they were wonderful! Great flavor, beautiful apples!!
September 8, 2016
over 6 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
over 6 years ago
Never Grew
Did everything the instructions asked of me with all the TLC I could muster and the little guy never had a chance to live out of the box.
May 16, 2016
over 6 years 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 6 years ago
Excellent grower
Planted this tree in March 2016 in OKC. Grew vigorously the first year. Now March 2017 - buds have broken through and growing once again! I will probably have to prune in the summer to control size. No blossoms this year - hopefully next year!
March 11, 2017
Very nice and easy to take care of one of many trees we have
May 5, 2016
over 7 years ago
Starting great
Planted last year, starting to grow again this year already.
May 4, 2018
over 4 years ago