The Red Ironbark is a beautiful broadleaf evergreen tree that is truly remarkable in the great variability of its size, growth habit, bark, and flower color. This can make identifying it - or even describing it - a bit tricky.
With its stout bottle-shaped trunk, combined with distinctive flowers, seed pods, leaves, and bark, the “Pink Flame Tree” certainly qualifies as one of the most bizarre-looking trees growing in Santa Barbara.
In full bloom, the “Snowy Fleece Tree” is truly remarkable. When it is dressed up in all its cream-colored fluffy flowers, this common name is a perfect wintery description of its appearance in spring.
Considering its home territory, it is hard to believe that the Southern Live Oak would survive in Santa Barbara. Surprisingly, it not only survives but seems to thrive, even through our severe droughts.
When local residents hear the words “Stone Pine”, they instantly think of the massive trees on Anapamu Street that, for many years, formed a continuous arboreal canopy over the roadway from Milpas to Garden.
Island oak, the rarest oak in California, also happens to be one of the best broadleaf evergreen trees to plant in Santa Barbara, because it is such a stunning shade tree and because it is native to our area.