This variety of apple is dark red to orange streaked over a yellow background. It has a reliably sweet, pleasant taste. Freshly picked apples have more notes of pear and are more complex than supermarket apples. They store very well (for over six months) and ripen in mid-September. This tree was bred in New Zealand and is one of the most available apples worldwide. They are resistant to cedar apple rust.
Gala apple trees are somewhat self-pollinating, but yields will be much better if another apple variety is planted nearby. They need another compatible apple tree within 100 feet, preferably 20 feet, in our windy conditions. Good varieties for pollinating Gala’s include Fuji, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Jonathan.