Utah Apples: Gala

Flavor: Sweet, sub acid, aromatic. 

Fruit Size: Medium. 

Texture: Softer and weak on a crisp bite. 

Storage: 3 months. 

Best Uses: Fresh eating, drying, juice. 


USDA zones: 4-9

Harvest Time: September.

Chill Requirement: 500 hours.

Tree Size: Average.

Self-Pollinating: Partially. 

Best Pollinators: Cortland, Crimson Crisp, Empire, Enterprise, Esopus Spitzenburg, Fuji, Harrison, Hewe’s Crab, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Northern Spy, Lady, Macoun, Red Delicious, Sweet Sixteen.

Disease Resistance

Canker: Susceptible.

Cedar Apple Rust: Susceptible. 

Fireblight: Susceptible.

Mildew: Susceptible.

Scab: Susceptible.


Country: New Zealand.

Year(s): 1930


Despite the early period of development, this apple was patented in 1974. The slow introduction on this apple makes it feel more like an apple developed in the 19th century rather than one of the modern apples that are developed and on the shelves in only two decades. 


This is a tricky apple because it is susceptible to just about every pest an apple can have. Fortunately, most of these are not big problems in Utah and I have heard from many satisfied owners of Gala apples along the Wasatch Front.