Keep in mind that fire-resistant plants are not fireproof and can be damaged by fire. In general, fire-resistive plant characteristics include:
- Supple and moist leaves
- Water-like sap (usually the sap will not have a strong scent)
- Thicker bark
- High moisture content
- Low resin content
Surrounding your home with fire-resistant plants won't guarantee your home's safety, but it will decrease the risk. Another advantage is the fact that a garden filled with fire-resistant plants will grow back looking good even should the worst happen.
Good placement of fire-resistant plants will help protect your home by blocking intense heat. Plant the most drought tolerant and fire-resistant plants closes to the house within about three feet.
Fire-Resistant Plant Types
There is a wide array of plants and trees to choose for your landscape that are both attractive and fire-resistant.
Grasses, groundcovers, vines, perennials and annuals
African Daisy, Black-Eyed Susan, Iris, Ivy, Thyme, Yucca, Poppy, Lavender, Red Hot Poker, Clematis, Coral Bells.Trees & Shrubs
Oleander, Lilac, Jasmine, Poplar, Oak, Plum, Peach, Maple, Elm, Ash, Birch, Cherry