Fire-Prone Plants

NEW!  Updated for 2018!

Common native and non-native fire-prone plant species in Marin County, CA.  FIRESafe MARIN recommends removal of any plants marked "Remove" within 100' of any structure in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI).  Plants marked "Avoid" should not be planted, should be removed if possible, and require greater maintenance and care if allowed to remain in the Defensible Space Zone. 

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Scientific Name Common Name Lifeform
Recommendation
Native
2
Abies spp. Firs Tree Remove  
3
Acacia spp. Acacia species Tree Remove  
4
Adenostoma fasciculatum
Chamise, Greasewood
Shrub Remove X
5
Arctostaphylos spp.
Manzanita (some twiggy)
Shrub Remove  
6
Baccharis spp. Coyote Brush Shrub Remove X
7
Bamboo Bamboo, all species
Shrub, Grass
Remove  
8
Cortaderia jubata Jubata Grass Grass Remove  
9
Cortaderia selloana Pampas Grass Grass Remove  
10
Cupressus spp. Cypress Tree Remove  
11
Cytisus scoparius Scotch Broom Shrub Remove  
12
Ecchium Pride of Madeira Shrub Remove  
13
Eucalyptus spp. Eucalyptus Tree Remove  
14
Genista monspessulana French Broom Shrub Remove  
15
Juniperus spp. Junipers
Tree, Shrub
Remove  
16
Notholithocarpus densiflorus
Tan Oak, Tanbark Oak
Tree Remove X
17
Pennisetum spp. Fountain Grass Grass Remove  
18
Picea spp. Spruces Tree Remove  
19
Pinus attenuata Knobcone Pine Tree Remove  
20
Pinus coulteri Coulter Pine Tree Remove  
21
Pinus muricata Bishop Pine Tree Remove X
22
Pinus radiata Monterey Pine Tree Remove  
23
Pinus sabiniana Gray Pine Tree Remove  
24
Pinus serotina Pond Pine Tree Remove X
25
Pinus sylvestris Scots Pine Tree Remove  
26
Pinus torreyana Torrey Pine Tree Remove  
27
Rosmarinus officinalis Rosemary Shrub Remove  
28
Spartium junceum Spanish Broom Shrub Remove  
29
Thuja spp. Arborvitae Tree Remove  
30
Tsuga spp. Hemlock Tree Remove  
31
Ulex europea Gorse Shrub Remove  
32
Umbellularia californica California Bay Tree Remove X
33
Artemisia californica Coastal Sagebrush Shrub Avoid X
34
Cedrus spp. Cedars Tree Avoid  
35
Chamaecyparis spp. False Cypress Tree Avoid  
36
Chrysolepis chrysophylla
Chinquapin, Giant
Shrub, Tree
Avoid X
37
Erigonum fasciculatum California Buckwheat Shrub Avoid  
38
Larix spp. Larch Tree Avoid  
39
Palms Palm (if dry fronds) Tree Avoid  
40
Pickeringia montana Chaparral Pea Shrub Avoid X
41
Pseudotsuga menziesii Douglas-Fir Tree Avoid X
42
Quercus spp.
Scrub Oak (brushy oaks)
Shrub Avoid X
43
Salvia mellifera Black Sage Shrub Avoid  
44
Taxus spp. Yew
Tree, Shrub
Avoid  
45
Vaccinium ovatum
Evergreen Huckleberry
Shrub Avoid X

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