Preferred (Fire-Smart) Plants
Choosing Landscaping Plants in a Fire Prone Environment
- Use this list as a reference for preferred plants suitable for Marin's climate and soils.
- These plants tend to share characteristics of plants that are preferred 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.
- Maintenance is the most important factor when maintaining landscaping plants in a fire-prone environment.
- Choose natives and/or pollinator friendly plants where appropriate.
- Choose hedge plants that share these chartacteristics 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.
- Use proper spacing between plants to slow the spread of fire. More space is required on slopes.