difference in Malus and regular apple tree - Knowledgebase Question

sanjose, Ca
Question by nanda_j
February 21, 2010
Is there any difference in regular apple varity(Gala) and Malus gala apple tree. in terms of taste and time of fruit start. Last year I bought a Malus Gala apple tree. Its feb end and this tree doesn't have any leave or flower. Is this a right choice for a fruit tree or this is only for decoration.

Answer from NGA
February 21, 2010


Malus domestica 'Gala' is the botanical name for an apple variety commonly known as Gala. Apple trees are deciduous which is why yours has no leaves on it at this time. But it will flower and develop leaves this spring. In order to bear fruit, your Gala apple will need a second variety of apple nearby for cross pollination. Your garden center can help you find a suitable pollinator for your Gala apple. Fruit trees can take 3-4 years to mature enough to flower and begin to bear fruit so be patient with your tree.

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