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Royal Gala apple

Orange-red sweet, crisp medium-size fruit.

USDA identification images for Royal Gala

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.


    This variety is a sport (natural genetic mutation) of: Gala

    Offspring of this variety

    Visitor reviews

    • 21 Jul 2017  UTAH, United States
      Juicy, fairly crisp, and rather soft (though not mushy or mealy). A rather uninspiring and dare I say almost objectionable flavor, though it does have a decent enough after-taste. I had a hard time finishing the one apple I tried; to be fair it may have been an older apple past its prime. I don't know that I'd be willing to try it again though, in the hopes it was a fluke, as there are much better apples out there.
    • 11 Nov 2012  NORTH YORKSHIRE, United Kingdom
      Usually a sweet variety and nearly always crisp and juicy I personally find that the French Royal Gala available September is the sweetest and most aromatic and crispest Have had some from a former eastern block country and they were oxidising before you bit into them. Very poor English are not usually very crisp but taste good

    Tree register

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    United Kingdom




    New Zealand


    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2014 season

    • 19th May  2014  - tree owned by Brenda in Marion, United States

    2013 season

    • May  2013  - tree owned by Brenda in Marion, United States

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2017 season

    • 4th week September  2017  - tree owned by Carolyn in Franksville, United States

    2014 season

    • 3rd week August  2014  - tree owned by Brenda in Marion, United States

    2013 season

    • 3rd week August  2013  - tree owned by Brenda in Marion, United States
    • 3rd week March  2013  - tree owned by Katrina in Nelson, New Zealand


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Parentage: Sport of Gala
    • Originates from: New Zealand
    • Introduced: 1934


    • Awards: RHS AGM (former)


    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Hot (>30C / 86F)
    • Cold hardiness (RHS): H6 (to -20C)

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Royal Gala:

    United States

    United Kingdom


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