Choosing the right plants/trees

Choosing the right plants for our hardiness zone gives the plant the ability to withstand an average minimum temperature.  Sundre can vary from a Zone 2 to a 3, depending location.

 

Many tree, shrubs and flowers require low water usage. If using FireSmart plants that require more water, group them together tobe water efficient in the event of a water ban. 

 

A well maintained lawn can serve as an effective fire break.

 

Although bark and pine needle mulches or other plant based mulches have many benefits, they are also susceptible to ignition from embers.  When landscaping against your home, consider using gravel or rock to reduce the risk for fire. 

 

 

    Fire Resistant Plants

  • moist, supple leaves

  • little dead wood and tendancy to not accumulate dead material

  • water-like sap with little to no odor

  • low amount of sap or resin material

 

Highly Flammable Plants

  • contain fine dry dead matrial within the plant

  • plant stem, branches and leaves contain volatile waxes, terpenes or oils

  • gummy resinous sap with a strong odor

  • loose papery bark

Plant Characteristics

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 SPECIES

 

  1.  Aspen

  2. Birch

  3. Lodgepole Pine

  4. Poplar

  5. Black Spruce

  6. White Spruce

  7. Engelmann Spruce

  8. Jack Pine

  9. Maple

  10. White Pine

  11. Ponderossa Pine

  12. Western Red Cedar

  13. Mountain Hemlock

  14. Western Hemlock

  15. Douglas-Fir

  16. Grand Fir

  17. Sub-alpine Fir

  18. Western Larch

Aspen                 

Birch                    

Lodgepole Pine      

Poplar                   

Black Spruce          

White Spruce         

Maple                   

Engelmann Spruce   

Jack Pine                

White Pine              

Ponderosa Pine        

Western Red Cedar

Mountin Hemlock

Douglas Fir

Grand Fir

Sub-Alpine Fir

Western Larch

   

 

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Trees in red are common to the Sundre area