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Fire Resistant Plants for California

California has had a long history of wildfires. The best thing a property owner can do is have defensible space and fire resistant landscape. Fire-resistant landscape uses fire-resistant plants that are strategically planted to resist the spread of wildfire. Fire resistant plants are great because they are often drought tolerant too.

A fire-resistant landscape can increase your property value and conserve water while beautifying your surroundings.


  • Hardy, slow growing plants that don't produce a lot of undergrowth.

  • There are no “fire-proof” plants. Select high-moisture plants that grow close to the ground and have a low sap or resin content.

  • Drought tolerant native plants that can maintain a high internal water content without needing a lot of water like succulents.

  • Native trees that have adaptations to fire such as thick bark. These trees have a higher tolerance for fire and help restrict the growth of more volatile invasive and shrub species.


  • Plants like juniper, Italian cypress, feather and fountain grasses.

  • Trees like eucalyptus and palms which are highly flammable. Also avoid pine, fir and other conifers.

  • Invasive plants that can create a continuous fuel source for fire

The other important factor in fire resistance landscape is having fire-resistant zones with rocks, stone walls, patios, decks, and walkways.

If you would like help with your landscape, contact us! We have been serving Southern California for over 30 years!

Established in 1988, Pacific Vista Landscape Services manages every aspect of landscaping maintenance and design. We provide innovative solutions to meet landscaping requirements and achieve water savings goals for commercial complexes, HOA's, resorts, industrial complexes, schools, and retail centers, and residences.

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