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Choose Plants and Landscaping Wisely

Evaluating Plants on Your Property

There is no such thing as a fire proof plant, but some are more flammable than others.  People unfortunately disagree somewhat on which plants are more flammable than others.

Remember, maintaining your plants, by removing dead material regularly, can be as important as what you plant! And keeping all plants, flammable or not, away from the first 5 ft next to your house is highly recommended. 

To see some common plants, both native and non-native, found in our area, and how they rate for fire, see Choosing plants to keep in the 5-100 ft zone

For more comprehensive lists of trees and shrubs for fire-wise landscaping in our area, see :

  1. Detailed list of plants that are native to El Dorado County.  This excellent list includes flammability as well as wildlife value, and resistance to deer, drought, and shade.
  2. Excellent list of fire-resistant plants native to nearby Nevada and Placer Counties.  Goes a little lower in elevation than Oak Hill Area, but still applicable.  Lots of plants listed:
  3. “Fire resistant landscaping” site that highlights 10 plants with photos, including both natives and non-natives:
  4. Two useful lists of plants, both native and non-native, one for fire resistance, and one for flammability.
  5. Both highly flammable and fire-wise plants as identified by Ashland Oregon. Many are planted in our Oak Hill area as well.
  6. Excellent site for native plants for your specific location. You can enter a specific address and find which plants are likely to be found there.  Flammability is often included in the descriptions of those plants, or you can refer back to #1 above. 
  7. Another good source of detailed info on both fire-prone and fire-resistant California plants, but only some of these grow in our area.