The following are recommended shrubs and trees:

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  • BROWN-EYES ROCKROSE Is a low, spreading evergreen shrub, which is drought- and fire-resistant.
  • CALIFORNIA LAUREL Is a California native tree recommended for erosion control and fire resistance.
  • CALIFORNIA PEPPER Is a drought-tolerant tree. This tree shows fair resistance to fire when it is well maintained and litter is not allowed to accumulate.
  • CARMEL CREEPER Is a low-growing, drought-resistant, evergreen shrub with thick leaves and blue flowers in the spring. It is used as individual specimens or in clumps of two or three plants. A single plant will spread up to 10 feet wide.
  • CAROB Is a readily available tree commonly used in landscapes, parks, and streets in Southern California. It is pest free and tolerant of alkaline soil and drought. It also shows fire resistance.
  • ITALIAN BUCKTHORN Is a large evergreen shrub or small tree with green leaves. It bears blue berries in the fall, and is extremely drought-tolerant.
  • LEMONADE BERRY Is a native shrub that is very drought-tolerant once it is established.
  • OLEANDER Is a sturdy, tough, attractive summer-flowering shrub that is drought-tolerant. The plant grows to a height of 20 feet and may reach a width of 26 feet. It will grow in any soil and can withstand wind and heat. This shrub is quite fire-resistant even under non-irrigated conditions.
    CAUTION: Although widely grown, it should be realized that all parts of this plant, including dried leaves, are poisonous. A child can become severely ill from eating a few leaves. The smoke from burning Oleander brush affects some people.
  • TOYON Is one of the best California natives. This drought-resistant plant bears red berries that remain for many months. It should be used as a large specimen shrub or tree.
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