What are some low allergy plants?


by Suresh C. Anand, M.D.

Suggestion for low-allergenic trees, grasses, and shrubs:


  • African Sumac *
  • Aleppo pine *
  • Bottle brush
  • Bottle tree *
  • Citrus
  • Eucalyptus
  • Jacaranda
  • Natal Plum
  • Orchid tree
  • Pepper tree
  • Silk tree
  • Palm * (California and Mexican fan palms)


  • Dichondra
  • St. Augustine
  • Tif or other hybrid Bermuda grass

You should check with a nursery for the best choice.


  • Any flowering shrub
  • Bougainvillea
  • Cat’s Claw *
  • Cactus and succulents *
  • Ivy *
  • Mexican bird-of-paradise *
  • Oleanders *
  • Privet
  • Pyracantha *
  • Yucca

All of the above plants do well in the desert and are easily available. Plants marked with a * are “star performers.” Citrus and other fruit trees and vegetable plants usually do not cause any problems as their pollen is not airborne. Oleanders themselves do not cause inhalant allergies, but pollen and molds may collect on them and disperse during windy weather.

Bermuda grass and olive trees are two of the biggest offenders. Swan Hill olive trees seem to cause no problems.

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Allergy and the Environment