Plants and Fires
When planning a garden or landscaping in fire prone areas it is probably important to
consider fire danger in terms of those plants that may increase the risk associated with
Gum trees and many paperbarks and little tea trees have very high oil contents and for
Others such as frangipani are not a problem but they are deciduous so you had better
clean up after them or you may have an increased fire risk on the ground.
The most fire retardant plants tend to be very hardy evergreens with dark green foliage.
Drypetes deplanchei (Yellow tulip) Common name is yellow tulipwood,
Backhousia citriodora (Lemon Myrtle),
Atractocarpus fitzalanii (Native Gardenia),
Gossia bidwillii (Python Tree),
Cupaniopsis anacardioides (Tuckeroo),
Harpullia pendula (Tulipwood),
Syzygium australe (Brush Cherry),
Psydrax odorata (Shiny Leaved Canthium),
Cyclophyllum coprosmoides (Supplejack),
Aidia racemosa (Aidia),
Bridelia leichardtii (Bridelia) Common name scrub ironbark,
Myrsine variabilis (Rapanea) Common name muttonwood,
Jagera pseudorhus var. pseudorhus (Foam Bark Tree), and
Planchonia careya (Cockatoo Apple).
Before establishing any plants near homes or buildings in fire prone areas, advice