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Malus Domestica Royal Gala or Royal Gala The Royal Gala Apple is a popular dessert apple grown across the UK. Since first introduced to commercial plantings in the UK during the 1980s, it now constitutes more than 20% of our commercially grown apples. Royal Gala is a variety of Malus Domestica, classified as a dessert cultivar in pollination group 4. It is known for its heavy yield of small fruit and has a very sweet honey-accented flavour. The Royal Gala apple variety is a member of the Rosaceae (Rose) family and the Genus Malus. It is small to medium-sized deciduous apple tree. Known for its beautiful, showy flowers in the spring, Royal Gala produces a smallish, dense, sweet, and aromatic fruit with white-colored flesh and round shape. With origins in New Zealand where the Gala apple tree was first developed by crossing a Golden Delicious and a Kidd’s Orange Red in the 1930s by J.H. Kidd. The cultivar Royal Gala was patented by Donald W. McKenzie of Stark Nursery in 1974. The Royal Gala is known to be a more highly colored form of the original Gala Apple. Malus Domestica Royal Gala prefers full sun to partial shade. A south or west-facing aspect with a sheltered exposure is best. The soil should be well-drained but with good moisture-holding capacity. Preferred soil textures range from loam to clay to sand and its preferred soil pH is neutral. The Royal Gala can be a very productive, beautiful tree growing on your wall garden. It is hardy to zone H-6 and has a deciduous habit and a bushy appearance. The fruit of the Royal Gala is small but plentiful and can be stored from October to January. If you’re looking for a beautiful flowering espaliered apple tree with a sweet dessert flavor to accent your wall garden, choose the Royal Gala!