Fire retardant plants from Ozbreed

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3 December 2012
Fire retardant plants from Ozbreed

Did you know that you can reduce your risk by surrounding your home and property with fire retardant plants? Of course, they cannot completely prevent or halt a bush fire from taking hold, however they can reduce an element of risk and perhaps even delay the onset of a catastrophe, allowing more time for further preparation.

Fire retardant plants have been a much debated topic over the years, and there is a great deal of information available online about this topic. Some information is quite reliable, based on opinions and years of experience from farmers. Some however are just pure speculation. Recently the CSIRO commissioned a study into this subject, testing the ignitability of Australian plants. This study was especially unique in the fact that it is the only scientific study that tested how quickly both dry and moist leaves of certain plants take to ignite. Based on these results, many Ozbreed plants can be recommended as fire retardant, based on their genus and species.

The following is a comprehensive list detailing these plants. However it must be highlighted that any plant can burn when exposed to enough flames and heat, it is just that some are less likely to ignite or may take longer to ignite. For this reason you cannot rely on plant selection alone, but it makes sense to use plants that generally delay their ignition.

Strappy leaf plants

  • Blaze™ Dianella tasmanica “NPW2ʼ PBR
  • Breeze® Dianella caerulea ʻDCNC0ʼ PBR
  • Cassa Blue® Dianella caerulea ʻDBB03ʼ PBR
  • King Alfred® Dianella caerulea ʻJOHN316ʼ PBR
  • Little Jess™ Dianella caerulea ʻDCMP01ʼ PBR
  • Little Rev™ Dianella revoluta ʻDR5000ʼ PBR
  • Lucia™ Dianella caerulea ʻDC101ʼ PBR
  • Revelation® Dianella revoluta ʻDRG04ʼ PBR
  • Silver Streak™ Dianella hybrid
  • Tasred® Dianella tasmanica ʻTR20ʼ PBR
  • Wyeena® Dianella tasmanica ʻTAS300ʼ PBR

Foliage first range

Dianellas:

  • Aranda™ Dianella caerulea ʻDC150ʼ PBR
  • Baby Bliss® Dianella revoluta ʻDTN03ʼ PBR
  • Destiny™ Dianella tasmanica ʻTAS100ʼ PBR
  • Emerald Arch® Dianella tasmanica ʻDT23ʼ PBR
  • Prestige Dianella revoluta ʻREV101ʼ PBR
  • Rainbow Twist™ Dianella prunina ʻDPV308ʼ PBR
  • Utopia® Dianella revoluta ʻDP303ʼ PBR

Phormiums:

  • Chocomint Mist™ Phormium tenax ʻPHOS4ʼ PBR
  • Flamin® Phormium tenaz ʻPHOS3ʼ PBR
  • Sweet Mist® Phormium tenax ʻPHOS2ʼ PBR

Liriopes:

  • Amethyst™ Liriope muscari ʻLIRTPʼ PBR
  • Isabella® Liriope muscari ʻLIRFʼ PBR
  • Just Right® Liriope muscari ʻLIRJʼ PBR
  • Pure Blonde™ Liriope muscari ʻLIRBLONDEʼ PBR

Native shrubs & ground covers

  • Aussie Rambler™ Carpobrotus glaucesens ʻCAR10ʼ PBR pending
  • Purple Fusion™ Scaevola humilis ʻPFS100ʼ PBR
  • Saris™ Hakea salicifolia ʻHAL01ʼ PBR
  • Yareena™ Myoporum parvifolium ʻPARV01ʼ PBR

Advanced trees

  • Luscious® Tristaniopsis laurina ʻDOW10ʼ PBR
  • Pinnacle™ Syzigium australe ʻAATSʼ PBR
  • Red Head Acmena smithii ʻBWNREDʼ PBR
  • Sublime™ Acmena smithii ʻDOW30ʼ PBR

Encore azaleas

  • Autumn Royalty™ Rhododendron hybrid ʻCONLECʼ PBR
  • Autumn Twist™ Rhododendron hybrid ʻCONLEPʼ PBR

Hardy exotic range

  • Cosmic White™ Raphiolepis indica ʻRAPH01ʼ PBR
  • Double Gold™ Gazania hybrid ʻGT20ʼ PBR

It should be noted that plants with little or no maintenance will however need pruning in times of fire hazards, particularly if they have browned off during the hot dry weather. Turf should not be overlooked either, a lush green lawn, regardless of the variety, will help to reduce a fire hazard.

You can read full details of the CSIRO study here.

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