Growing Zones: 5-8 outdoors(hardy down to -10℉) 5-8 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 10-15 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 8-10 ft.
- Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- Harvest Time:
- Year to Bear:
- Fruits 1st Year!
- Botanical Name:
- Malus 'Gala'
- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, CA, ID, OR
Enjoy Crisp Gala Apples as Soon as the 1st Year!
- One of the country's most popular apples!
- Produces fruit years earlier than other apple trees
- Low maintenance, grow organically
Don't wait 3 to 5 years to start picking your Gala apples - plant a better developed tree for earlier fruit and a lifetime of apples!
Gala apples are so popular because of their sweet taste, but more importantly their crisp, firm texture. They resist bruising, softening and other defects. You can even store them for up to 6 months.
Gala Apple Trees produce fruit in late spring for picking in August and September. On average you will get between 6 to 12 bushels of Gala Apples when your tree is mature.
Gala Apple Trees are adaptable and easy to grow. Yours will quickly mature to an ideal height of up to 15 feet and have a full, oval shape - making it an attractive yard tree as well.
Our trees are pruned back and trained to develop a massive branching structure. This process means more work and an extra year for us, but the difference you experience is dramatic.
Before your trees are shipped, we give them one final pruning at no additional cost to you. This final pruning allows your trees to remain "dwarfed," which means you have more apples at a safe, easy picking height!
With proper care, you will be able to start picking apples after the first season, or as soon as the first year under optimal conditions.
Order early because our popular Gala apple trees sell out quickly. Only limited quantities available.
Gala Apple Tree Pollination
Gala Apple Trees are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Gala Apple Tree will drastically increase the size of your crop.
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Customer Reviews & Photos
what we recieved is literally just a stick
after 2 failed shipping attempts my mother finally received this plant several weeks after Christmas. The first 2 times that I was sent tracking, there was never any movement on the item, meaning it was never picked up or taken to a shipping facility. On the 3rd tracking it finally said it was picked up. My mom did not tell me or send a picture of what the plant looked like but now that I am home, it is literally just a stick in a pot of dirt. I wish that there was a way to upload a picture for everyone to see. will be asking for a refund/telling visa to reverse this charge. unbelievable
Hi Jennifer, We are so sorry that your apple tree is not satisfactory! It sounds like the tree has arrived dormant which is normal for this time of year. We'll reach out privately and see what we can do to get this resolved. We apologize again and hope to turn this experience around!
Growing well still no fruit
My tree is on its 4th year. It's beautiful seems healthy 10 ft tall. and strong but even after three years I still have no fruit. Fingers crossed for next year.
Would've Liked Taller for the $$
Bought the 3-4' Gala apple tree for $50 - it was barely 3' but looked pretty happy and healthy. Lots of leaves. It has been in the ground a few weeks now and it really took off with lots of new leaves and nodes. We are in zone 6/7 in KY with lots of clay so we amended with sphagnum and Miracle Grow Tree & Shrub soil. We'll see how it does after a few years. It's close to a Granny Smith and a Honeycrisp so hopefully we'll get good production. Lot of money for such a small tree...
I love this company
Beautiful healthy tree. I have not planted it yet. I have a shaded porch that I am keeping it as well as all my other trees. I will begin planting in late September.
Bad tree has a diease
My Son purchased this tree for me as a Mothers Day Gift in May this year. I was so excited about finally getting started with some fruit trees for our property but feel sad it may not happen. Maybe someone can offer some advice how to keep this Apple Tree from dying.
Planting & Care
The Gala Apple Tree (Malus 'Gala') is one of the most popular and top-ranking apples in America. They are recommended for USDA growing zones 5-8 and are semi-dwarf, reaching a mature height of 10-15 feet and width of 8-10 feet. In the spring there are clusters of lightly scented, white and blush pink blooms which begin to give way to fruit in late spring. The apples are ready for harvesting between August and October. Their skin is a yellow-orange color with stripes of red and is firm/tender. Eat the sweet and juicy apples right off the tree or enjoy them in cobblers, pies and crisps. They will also store well for several months. Gala apple trees are self fertile which means they will produce the apples on their own but will yield a bigger harvest with another or a pollinator nearby.
Location: Be sure that the location you plan to plant your tree will receive full sun which means at least six hours of direct sun each day. If the area receives more than half a day’s shade then the tree will not perform well. Drainage is essential so if you have an overabundance of clay, some soil amending may be required. The pH range of the soil (for the best results) is 6.0-6.5 and a soil test can determine this easily. Testing kits can be found at your local gardening center to test the acidity of your soil. If the soil is mostly sand then amending peat moss into the sand will help with moisture retention otherwise more frequent irrigation will be needed.
Planting Directions (in ground): Now that you have found your ideal planting location for the Gala apple there are some basic steps for planting the tree. You can raise the acidity of the soil if necessary using lime or wood ash. To lower the pH you can amend sulfur, sphagnum peat or aluminum/iron sulfate into the soil.
1) Make your planting site hole twice the width of the root ball and just as deep.
2) Gently comb your hands over the root ball to free up the roots before planting. Take care not to be to rough with the roots.
3) Place your new Gala apple tree in the hole and be sure it’s straight as you begin to back fill the hole. Tamp down the soil as you fill the hole to prevent air pockets from forming.
4) Water the planting site to settle the soil and then mulch around the base to prevent competing weeds and grasses from growing around the area.
*Tip: Make sure your mulch is not touching the base of the trunk as this can encourage rot and fungus from forming.
Planting Directions (potted tree): With the Gala apple you can definitely grow a happy, healthy apple tree in a pot! Growing this way will also help maintain the tree at a more manageable height.
1) You will want to start off with a fairly large pot for the apple tree to have enough space to stretch out its root system. A ten gallon or even a fifteen gallon pot will be a good size to start with. Plastic pots may not be a good selection as they can get hot in the sun and aren’t insulated against the cold.
2) Select a well draining, quality potting soil mix to fill the pot.
3) Some light trimming of the roots is encouraged before potting the tree to prevent it from becoming a root bound mess in the pot. Snip the roots so they are about ½ inch from the inside wall of the pot.
4) Be sure you add enough soil to the bottom of the pot so the graft union will be level with the rim of the pot. Fill the pot until there is about a 2 inch space from the rim to the top of the soil.
Watering (in ground): Your Gala apple will benefit from a regular watering habit each week. You may need to water more often in times of extreme heat or drought. The soil surrounding your tree should be moist, but never saturated. Light green leaves can be a sign of over watering, while drooping leaves can be a sign of both over or under watering.
Watering (potted): Water slowly when you irrigate the tree to ensure even moisturizing of the soil. When the tree is in a dormant state, only provide enough water to keep the soil slightly moistened. As soon as you see newer growth coming out of the tree you can water whenever the top 2 inches of the soil feels dry.
Pruning (in ground): Once your tree has become established and is starting to bear fruit, it will need some periodic, moderate pruning. Only prune the tree during times of dormancy making sure to remove any vigorous, upright stems which are quite common in the upper portion of the tree. Weak, damaged or dead branches should also be removed. Low hanging, droopy branches should also be removed. As a branch declines with age it should be cutback to let younger branches take over and produce better.
Pruning (potted): Once you have your tree potted and comfortable, prune the branches back to about
Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted
Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
|$149 & above||Free Shipping!|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5 or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
Growing Zone Finder.
We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of March 31st|
|Zones 7-11||Ships Now!|