Fire Resistant Plants

Fire Safe PlantsChoosing Fire-Resistant Plants

  • Use this list as a reference for fire resistant plants suitable for Marin's climate and soils.
  • There are no “fire-proof” plants!  Even the most resistant plants must be maintained in good health, properly irrigated, and free of dead material, dry twigs, or fallen leaves and needles.
  • Select fire-resistant hedge plants for screening, which may help catch wind-blown embers if properly spaced and maintained.
  • Plant hardwood trees from this list that are less flammable than conifers like pine and fir.
  • Use proper spacing between plants to slow the spread of fire.  More space is required on slopes.

 

Aeonium

Aeonium

Aeonium spp.
  • Aeonium
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No
  • Aeonium

African Iris

African Iris

Dietes bicolor
  • African Iris
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No
  • African Iris

  • African Sumac
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No
  • African Sumac

Agave

Agave

Agave spp.
  • Agave
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No
  • Agave

Aloe

Aloe

Aloe spp.
  • Aloe
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Alpine Cinquefoil

Alpine Cinquefoil

Potentilla neumanniana
  • Alpine Cinquefoil
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No
  • Alpine Cinquefoil

Angel's Trumpet

Angel's Trumpet

Brugmansia spp.
  • Angel's Trumpet
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No
  • Angel's Trumpet

Ash

Ash

Fraxinus spp.

Fraxinus (ash) species recommended for Marin:

Fraxinus dipetalaCALIFORNIA ASH

Fraxinus dipetala - photo

  • Utility friendly tree.

    Foothill Ash is a commonly occurring native riparian habitat shrub or small tree. It is sometimes used as a garden tree, and when the foliage canopy is pruned up to expose the trunks, it makes an attractive multi-trunk tree or garden specimen. The showy flower clusters in late spring make it useful as a flowering accent tree in a native garden setting. Its height rarely exceeds 25'.

    Native to California.

    Trees may be referred to as male or female.

    Fraxinus dipetala in Lake County is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 32 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 39 inches and a crown spread of 34 feet.

Fraxinus latifoliaOREGON ASH

Fraxinus latifolia - photo

  • Riparian species.

    Native to California, Oregon, and Washington.

    Trees may be referred to as male or female.

    Fraxinus latifolia in Scicon is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 76 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 120 inches and a crown spread of 46 feet.

Fraxinus ornusFLOWERING ASH

Fraxinus ornus - photo

  • Smog tolerant. Prolific seed producer, showy white flowers. Requires a moderate amount of water. Hardy to 0 degrees F.

    Has fragrant Flower.

    Native to Southern Europe and Asia Minor.

    Trees may be referred to as male or female.

  • Ash
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes
  • Ash

Beach Aster

Beach Aster

Erigeron glaucus
  • Beach Aster
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes
  • Beach Aster

Beach Strawberry

Beach Strawberry

Fragaria chiloensis
  • Beach Strawberry
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes
  • Beach Strawberry

Beard Tongue

Beard Tongue

Penstemon spp.
  • Beard Tongue
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native:
  • Beard Tongue

Beech

Beech

Fagus spp.
  • Beech
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No
  • Beech

Bergenia

Bergenia spp.
  • Bergenia
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Bird of Paradise

Strelitzia reginae
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Blue chalksticks

Senecio serpens, mandralisce, vitalis
  • Blue chalksticks
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

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