Semi dwarf (S/D) trees may be held to desired size by summer pruning and regular winter pruning. Average height without summer pruning is 14 feet.



Semi-Dwarf trees that are self– fertile, requiring 250 Chill hours. Ripens in mid July. White flesh, freestone & a long time favorite. Sweet, juicy, low acid & very aromatic. Scores high in taste test.

Bonanza  Miniature

A GREAT yellow freestone. Low acid, w/ a sweet refreshing flavor. Bears in late June. Self-fertile requiring 200 chill hours. This tree is very easy to maintain at 5-6 feet in height.


Trees are Semi-Dwarf, no pollinizer is required, but needs 400 Chill hours. Ripens late July . Medium to large yellow freestone. Sweet, sub-acid & very flavorful. Proven variety in So. Calif. for the coast & inland area.

Donut (Stark Saturn)

Semi-Dwarf tree, that is self-fertile, requiring 440+ hours of chilling. Bears in late June thru early July. Unique white-fleshed fruit with a sunken center shaped like a donut! Freestone. Sweet with a mild flavor described by some as almond like. Bacterial spot resistant. Something a little different for the Gourmet!

Eva's Pride

Semi-Dwarf, needs no pollinizer & between 100-200 hours of chilling. Delicious, fine flavored peach with very low chilling requirements. Medium to large sized yellow freestone. Early season in mild climates.

May Pride

Semi-Dwarf, very early-ripening for mild winter climate. Ripens in May. Semi-freestone when soft-ripe. Delicious, sweet & tangy. Large, very showy pink blossoms. 175 chill hrs.


Semi-Dwarf trees need only 250 chill hours & are self-fruitful. Best yellow freestone for warm winter climates of So. Calif. Exceptional flavor and dessert quality.

Red Baron

Tree size is Semi-Dwarf, needing only 250-300 hours of chilling. No pollinizer required. Bears in mid-July. Flowering/fruiting. Showy double red blossoms. Large, juicy, firm, richly flavored yellow freestone fruit. Long time favorite in So. Calif. Use in the landscape for spectacular color.


Peach Küchen

With pastry blender combine:
1 cup flour       
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt       
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp shortening

Break 1 egg into a 1 cup measure and fill to 3/8 cup with milk (that's halfway between ¼ and ½ cup).
Beat up and add to flour. Dough should easily separate from side of the bowl. If not, add a little more flour. Press dough into lightly greased 13 X 9 pan. This will be a thin layer. Fill pan with peeled, sliced, fresh peaches by lining up in rows and overlapping slightly. 6 to 8 good sized peaches should fill it up. Sprinkle some sugar and cinnamon over the fruit.

Choose a topping:


½ cup flour                                             
3 Tbsp butter
½ cup sugar
½ tsp cinnamon


¾ cup oats
¾ cup brown sugar
¾ cup flour
6 Tbsp butter or margarine
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
Dash of salt and cinnamon to taste.

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.


Deciduous fruit






Specialty Fruit

Chill Hours

Cold chill hours can be a little confusing. Basically they are the number of hours below 45°F subtracting the number of hours above 60°F between the months of November and February.

If you live in or around any of these areas, your average chill hours are:

  • Malibu, Ventura, Santa Barbara: ± 300 Hours
  • San Fernando Valley, Fillmore, Simi Valley: ± 800 Hours or less
  • Santa Clarita, Lancaster: 800 Hours or more

There is no simple test for "Chill Hours" and they are calculated as an average. Each winter season differs in total chill hours accumulated, which can affect fruit production. Most of the fruit trees we carry at Otto & Sons are classified as low chill requirement and are better matched for our Southern California chill hours.