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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Gala Supreme
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Synonym: None

Parentage: Chance seedling

Color: Red stripe over yellow ground color

Harvest: Late September to early October

Fruit: A medium to larger, oblate, elliptical to slightly angular shaped apple. The cavity is shallow to medium and obtuse with a medium to thicker rather short stem that may be enlarged at the spur end. The basin is shallow and open and the calyx is very large and open. The lenticels are numerous, large, irregular, and rough making this apple quite unattractive. Fruit may exhibit russet and scarfskin, but both are usually minor. Fruit hang on the tree exceptionally well, but are subject to greasy skin at later stages of maturity. The flesh is cream-colored and resists browning when exposed to air, has above average firmness, is somewhat coarse textured, crisp, and moderately juicy. The skin tends to be tough and chewy. The flavor at full maturity is mildly sweet and moderately acidic, but can be rather bland and somewhat starchy. Storage life appears to be short (no more than 3 months) for a fall apple and shelf life has only been about 4 days.  Low susceptibility to tarnished plant bug.  Moderately susceptible to plum curculio.  Highly susceptible to codling moth, oriental fruit moth, tufted apple bud moth and redbanded leafroller.

Tree: Moderately vigorous, somewhat spreading, and a fairly open canopy. Productivity has been above average at this site. Bloom has been early mid-season. Tree has shown excellent resistance to scab, mildew, and cedar apple rust.  Low susceptibility to spotted tentiform leafminer.  Moderately susceptible to rosy apple aphid, European red mite, Japanese beetle and white apple leafhopper.

Market Potential: Very limited



Last Modified: 3/26/2008
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