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Plant for Defensible Space

We are often asked what to plant for a firewise landscape. While every plant is flammable, selecting options that are resistant to fire can help reduce your risk. But plants are just one part of creating a firewise landscape, so we've included links to some experts who know the best practices for establishing defensible space.

There are many types of firewise plants, but generally they are characterized as herbaceous and low-growing, with a relatively high moisture content. But even considering firewise plants, it's important not to over plant in any given area, or plant dense shrubbery in large groupings. It is also recommended that the area around the home be maintained, keeping it free of flammable debris.

We've selected a few firewise planting options below that do well in our region.

Check out Resources at the end of this post for more information about firewise landscaping and maintenance practices.
Red Maple October Glory
Red Maple 'October Glory'
  • Deciduous tree with an upright, rounded habit
  • Palmate leaves are bright green and turn bright orange to deep reddish-purple in fall
  • Use as shade tree, specimen, firescaping
  • 40’-50’ tall | 30’-40’ wide
  • Full sun
Red Maple 'October Glory'
Manzanita Howard McMinn
Manzanita 'Howard McMinn'
  • Evergreen shrub with a dense, mounding habit
  • Small, glossy, dark green leaves stand out against attractive smooth red bark
  • Use as hedge, border, planting on slopes
  • Deer resistant; attracts birds and butterflies; waterwise
  • 5’-6’ tall | 7’ wide
  • Full sun to partial shade
Manzanita 'Howard McMinn'
Foothill Penstemon Margarita BOP
Foothill Penstemon 'Margarita BOP'
  • Perennial with an upright, spreading habit
  • Spires bear small, tubular incandescent blue-violet flowers late spring through summer
  • California Native
  • Use in perennial beds or containers, waterwise or native gardens
  • Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds; waterwise and deer resistant
  • 1’-2’ tall | 2'-3’ wide
  • Full sun to partial shade
Foothill Penstemon 'Margarita BOP'
Ajuga (Bugleweed) Burgundy Glow
Ajuga (Bugleweed) 'Burgundy Glow'
  • Perennial forms a dense clump of slowly spreading rosettes
  • Foliage is a mosaic of magenta, burgundy, and light green with a cream margin
  • Flower spikes bloom from spring to early summer
  • Use as a groundcover or edging
  • Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds; deer resistant
  • 4"-6" tall | Spread varies
  • Afternoon shade in our area
Ajuga (Bugleweed) 'Burgundy Glow'

Resources for Creating Defensible Space

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