|Fire rated trees
Courtesy of the
LA county Fire, Lake Hughs Nursery
Large shrub or tree from 5 to 40 feet tall. Generally as a shrub on the desert slopes.
Dark green, scale-like leaves.
Colorful blue-gray berry in early spring matures to red brown in late summer.
Desert slopes up to 5,000 feet.
Flammability - High.
Due to presence of flammable resins, dead material buildup and dense vertical structure.
Due to urbanization, this species is being removed in great numbers. All attempts should be made to save these highly valued habitat and soil stabilizing shrubs. Recommend dead wood removal, thinning live growth and lifting canopy off of ground as a mitigation measure.