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.
Download a PDF of fire-smart and fire-hazardous plants
Fraxinus spp.Native to CA
Erigeron glaucusNative to CA
Fragaria chiloensisNative to CA
Bird of Paradise
Senecio serpens, mandralisce, vitalis
Sisyrinchium bellumNative to CA
Sisyrinchium spp.Native to CA