We provide a curated list of plants favorable to Marin’s climate and soils. Considerations like ease of maintenance, lack of volatile oils, drought tolerance, and non-invasive status, are also part of the selection process.
This list is not exhaustive: other online resources are available to help you select additional species. Cal Poly’s and CAL FIRE’s SelecTree tool includes 178 fire-resistant tree species for Marin’s climate zones (Sunset Zones 15, 16, 17).
- These plants tend to share characteristics of plants that are preferred in a fire-prone environment.
- Choose natives and/or pollinator-friendly plants where appropriate.
- Choose hedge plants that share these characteristics for screening.
- Plant hardwood trees from this list that are less likely to ignite than conifers like pine or cypress.
- Be aware of the potential for leaf and needle litter in the fall.
- Maintenance is the most important factor when maintaining landscaping plants in a fire-prone environment. There are no “fire-proof” plants. All plants must be maintained in good health, properly irrigated, and free of dead material, dry twigs, or fallen leaves and needles.
- Use proper spacing between plants to slow the spread of fire. More space is required on slopes.
Fraxinus spp.Native to CA
Erigeron glaucusNative to CA
Fragaria chiloensisNative to CA
Senecio serpens, mandralisce, vitalis
Sisyrinchium bellumNative to CA
Sisyrinchium spp.Native to CA