Fire Prone Plants

NEW!  Updated for 2017!

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
Bambusa spp. Bamboo
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
Eucalyptus spp. Eucalyptus Tree Remove  
13
Genista monspessulana French Broom Shrub Remove  
14
Juniperus spp. Junipers
Tree, Shrub
Remove  
15
Notholithocarpus densiflorus
Tan Oak, Tanbark Oak
Tree Remove X
16
Pennisetum spp. Fountain Grass Grass Remove  
17
Picea spp. Spruces Tree Remove  
18
Pinus attenuata Knobcone Pine Tree Remove  
19
Pinus coulteri Coulter Pine Tree Remove  
20
Pinus muricata Bishop Pine Tree Remove X
21
Pinus radiata Monterey Pine Tree Remove  
22
Pinus sabiniana Gray Pine Tree Remove  
23
Pinus serotina Pond Pine Tree Remove X
24
Pinus sylvestris Scots Pine Tree Remove  
25
Pinus torreyana Torrey Pine Tree Remove  
26
Rosmarinus officinalis Rosemary Shrub Remove  
27
Spartium junceum Spanish Broom Shrub Remove  
28
Thuja spp. Arborvitae Tree Remove  
29
Tsuga spp. Hemlock Tree Remove  
30
Ulex europea Gorse Shrub Remove  
31
Umbellularia californica California Bay Tree Remove X
32
Artemisia californica Coastal Sagebrush Shrub Avoid X
33
Cedrus spp. Cedars Tree Avoid  
34
Chamaecyparis spp. False Cypress Tree Avoid  
35
Chrysolepis chrysophylla
Chinquapin, Giant
Shrub, Tree
Avoid X
36
Erigonum fasciculatum California Buckwheat Shrub Avoid  
37
Larix spp. Larch Tree Avoid  
38
Palms Palm (if dry fronds) Tree Avoid  
39
Pickeringia montana Chaparral Pea Shrub Avoid X
40
Pseudotsuga menziesii Douglas-Fir Tree Avoid X
41
Quercus spp.
Scrub Oak (brushy oaks)
Shrub Avoid X
42
Salvia mellifera Black Sage Shrub Avoid  
43
Taxus spp. Yew
Tree, Shrub
Avoid  
44
Vaccinium ovatum
Evergreen Huckleberry
Shrub Avoid X

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