Santa Barbara Peach Tree (Prunus persica ‘Santa Barbara’)

Santa Barbara Peach Tree

  • Fuzzy Golden-Yellow Fruit & Pinkish-Red Blush
  • Intensely Flavored Yellow Flesh with Red Veins
  • Sweet Melt-in-Your-Mouth Texture
  • Large Mid-Season Fruit
  • Yellow Freestone
  • Showy Pink Spring Flowers
  • Self-Fruitful
  • Handsome Green Foliage
  • Downward Growing Limbs
  • Low Maintenance
  • Heat Tolerant Peach for Mild Climates
  • Only 300 Chill Hours

Even if you live in a mild climate, you can grow plump, juicy freestone peaches in your own backyard! The Santa Barbara Peach Tree (Prunus persica ‘Santa Barbara’) is a heat-tolerant peach and is one of the most popular varieties for warm hardiness zones, and we can easily understand why!

Self-pollinating, it rewards growers with a showy display of beautiful, vibrant pink blossoms that fill its limbs, ushering in spring and creating a spectacle!

Producing fleshy fruit that you’ll want to grab right off the branches! The fuzzy golden-yellow fruit has a pinkish-red blush where the sun has kissed the fruit the most. Santa Barbara is letting you know it’s ready to be enjoyed when you see that rosy-red blush!

Santa Barbara is everything you think of when peaches come to mind. Superb taste, intense flavor and melt-in-your-mouth goodness, with yellow flesh that has veins of red near the pit.

This tree produces large peaches, hanging in masses from the limbs come mid-season, just in time for late summer barbecues and picnics. When it’s time to harvest, you’ll appreciate its weeping posture and the shade from the vibrant green foliage.

How to Use Santa Barbara Peach Tree In The Landscape

Perfect fresh, straight from the tree while still warmed from the sun, or baked into your favorite desserts, these are delectable tasting peaches for all your favorite recipes!

Santa Barbara is fleshy and large, making them just the thing for cobblers, pies, tarts or crisps, or create delicious jams and jellies. They even freeze great! Slice them for a fresh treat on a hot summer’s day, or canning them for enjoying their deliciousness year-round.

Truth be told, it’s a tree worth owning just for the colorful element it brings to your landscape! Use as a dual-purpose specimen plant that draws attention all year long with lovely flowers, lush foliage, juicy gems and great branching structure in winter.

Shade your seating areas, garden beds or patios, or use in hedgerows for screening! Imagine your own privacy hedge that also produces fruit!

Tips For Care

All fruiting trees require full sun for optimal results, at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day, favoring the morning sun. Hardy in USDA growing zones 7-10, these just need 300 hours of chill to produce fruit.

Choose a site with a slightly acidic, sandy-loam medium and provide fertile, rich soil that is well-drained. A generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill.

Water consistently, and maintain average moisture throughout the growing season, especially while your tree is young. Add Nature Hills Root Booster while planting, for a life-long symbiotic relationship with the tiny feeder roots.

A semi-annual pruning is all the maintenance needed to stay healthy. It is easy to maintain smaller for any sized yard! Prune to keep an open canopy for sunlight and airflow.

You’ll be thrilled by this luscious fruit and all its delightful beauty all year!

Santa Barbara Peach Tree (Prunus persica ‘Santa Barbara’) Details

Common name Santa Barbara Peach Tree
Botanical name Prunus persica 'Santa Barbara'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 7-10
Growth rate Medium
Harvest time 3 - 5 Years
Height 15 - 20 ft.
Width 12 - 15 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well-Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Late Winter
Flower color Pink
Leaf color Deciduous