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Posted on: May 7, 2020

Fire Resistant Landscaping

fire resistant landscaping


➢ A fire-resistant landscape isn’t technically the same thing as a well-maintained yard.

➢ Certain plant species can actually resist and/or slow the spread of wildfire.

➢ When strategically planted, fire-resistant plants can support defensible space.

➢ Fire resistant plants work well in California as they are often drought tolerant.

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ADDED BENEFITS: 1) You don’t need a lot of money to make your landscape fire-resistant.

2) A fire-resistant landscape can increase your property value and conserve water while

beautifying your home.


• Create fire-resistant zones with stone walls, patios, decks and roadways.

• Use rock, mulch, flower beds and gardens as ground cover for bare spaces and as effective firebreaks.

• [NOTE: There are no “fire-proof” plants]. Fire-resistant plants are high-moisture plants that grow close to ground and have a low sap or resin content.

• Choose plant species that can resist prompt ignition such as rockrose, ice plant, succulents and aloe.

• Select fire-resistant shrubs such as hedging roses, bush honeysuckles, currant, cotoneaster, sumac and shrub apples.

• Suggested tree options include: hardwood, maple, poplar and cherry – trees that are less flammable than pine, fir and other conifers.

As we head outdoors to plant vegetation around our homes, sources for advice on fire-resistant plants in your area include:

❖ Your local nursery

❖ A local landscape contractor

❖ Siskiyou County’s UC Cooperative Extension service.

>> See weblinks below this for examples & photos of fire-resistant vegetation. <<

Fire-resistant Plants for Home Landscapes 

Fire-resistant California Friendly Plants


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