Protect Your Home with Fire-Resistant Plants.
The Oregon Association of Nurseries, in collaboration with Keep Oregon Green, encourages homeowners to use landscaping to protect their homes from fire, especially if the home is located in or adjacent to forests or rangeland. The use of fire-resistant plants and careful placement of trees provide green barriers and block the intense heat of approaching fires.
Most deciduous trees and shrubs are fire-resistant. However, fire-resistant does not mean fire proof, particularly if they are not maintained in a healthy condition. Plants that have the following characteristics are considered fire-resistant (source: OSU Extension Service):
- Leaves are moist and supple
- Plants have little dead wood and tend not to accumulate dry, dead material within the plant
- Sap is water-like and does not have a strong odor
Landscape professionals can help you design an attractive landscape that also can help protect your home.
download Download "Fire-Resistant Plants for Oregon Home Landscapes" (PDF format, 636 kb) produced by Oregon State University Extension Service, for additional information and plant recommendations.
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