Landscape Guidelines

Note: These Landscape Guidelines should be read in connection with the CC&R’s and Construction Guidelines of the Association, which also apply.

The Landscape Committee expects that the homeowner will be available at any time that any representative of the homeowner desires to speak with the Landscape Committee or the Board.

For your convenience a digital copy of the Landscape Guidelines can also be downloaded here: Landscape Guidelines.pdf


1. Landscaping plans should be submitted at the time of any new construction or remodel. Plants and trees that are reasonably expected to interfere with neighbors’ views in the future will generally not be approved.

2. Landscape plans must be submitted if improvement includes plantings over 30” in RED ZONE or trees higher than roof elevation. Height of trees at maturity (not when planted) is the relevant height. If you are unclear, please submit the plans.

3. Landscape submittals must be complete when submitted to the Landscape Committee. Plans should include Landscape plan, mature heights of landscape proposed for site, photos of mature examples of proposed landscape elements. The committee may also request that landscape be included into site sections for review.

4. Trees on the Not Recommended list will not be permitted for new planting within the neighborhood. The trees listed will grow to exceed allowable height, present a fire hazard, or impact neighboring properties.

5. Trees on the Recommended Trees list will be permitted in GREEN ZONE provided that their placement does not violate setback or height restrictions and does not substantially interfere with neighbor’s views.

6. Landscaping within the front setback RED ZONE must be limited to 30” or less. The committee will consider ornamental trees within the front setback provided that they do not substantially interfere with neighbors’ views or a view corridor.

7. Landscaping within the side(s) and rear setback RED ZONE must be limited to a height of 30” or less and a maximum of 6’-0” with committee approval.

8. The height of new trees in GREEN ZONE will be limited to the max allowable structure height for the site. Trees with mature heights exceeding this limit will not be permitted.

Sunset Doheny Homes Association _ Landscape Zoning

9. Trees should be regularly maintained, pruned and trimmed. Trees, shrubs or plants that substantially interfere with or materially limit the view of property owners to the side of or above any property must be trimmed, cut back, or removed. The determination of the obstruction of view of any property owner shall be so-determined by the Association through the Architectural Committee and their findings shall be final and conclusive.

10. Diseased and dead trees and shrubs must be removed promptly. Diseases in trees can be spread rapidly to other trees and adjacent properties. Trees that have died represent a substantial fire hazard to the community.

11. Ivy is not recommended as ground cover. Ivy provides nesting environment to rodents. Rodent infestation can easily spread to adjacent properties.

12. Palm tree skirts must be trimmed annually. Palm skirts are nesting areas for rats.

13. Damage to sidewalks from tree roots is the homeowner’s responsibility and should be repaired promptly. Trees damaging roads and sidewalks should be removed and stump cut to ground level.

14. Synthetic turf and synthetic landscaping will not be approved in front yards. Synthetic turf is not in keeping with the character of the neighborhood and should be removed.

15. All properties must comply with LAFD Fire Safety Standards for Brush Clearance (attached). We cooperate fully with LAFD to address fire safety issues within the community.


When violations of a landscape guideline or term of the CC&R’s is discovered, the committee will follow this course of action(s):

1. Friendly Reminders will be issued reminding the homeowner to make corrections.

2. Violation Notices will be issued for violations not corrected following friendly reminders.

3. Final Violation Notice may be issued for any unresolved violations.

4. Legal Action may be taken by the Sunset Doheny Homes Association to resolve outstanding issues.

Copies of notices will be provided to brokers and buyers in escrow.



Botanical Name Common Name
Acca sellowiana

Acer palmatum

Acmena smithii

Aesculus pavia

Bauhinia blakeana

Callistemon citrinus

Cassia leptophylla

Cercis occidentalis

Chamaerops humilis

Chionanthus retusus


Cordyline autralis

Cercidium microphyllum

Cercidium praecox

Cornus florida

Cornus kousa

Cotinus coggygria

Cussonia paniculata var. sinuata

Dombeya wallichii

Eriobotrya deflexa

Erythrina crista-galli

Ficus lyrata

Ilex altaclerensis

Leptospermum petersonii

Magnolia soulangiana

Magnolia stellata


Meryta sinclairii

Nerium oleander

Phoenix roebelenii

Photinia fraseri

Pittosporum phillyraeoides

Prosopsis chilensis

Prunus campanulata

Prunus cerasifera

Prunus serrulata

Rhaphiolepis ‘Majestic Beauty’

Schotia afra var. angustifolia

Solanum rantonnetii

Sophora microphylla

Toona sinensis

Thevetia thevetioides

Tibouchina urvilleana

Trevesia palmata

Vitex agnus-castus

Yucca gloriosa

Pineapple Guava

Japanese Maple


Red Buckeye

Hong Kong Orchid Tree

Lemon Bottlebrush

Golden Medallion Tree

Western Redbud

Mediterranean Fan Palm

Fringe Tree

Select tree that is under 20’


Little Palo Verde

Sonoran Palo Verde

Eastern Dogwood

Kousa Dogwood

Smoke Tree

Mountain Cabbage

Pink Ball Tree

Bronze Loquat

Cockspur Coral Tree

Fiddleleaf Fig

Wilson Holly

Lemon Scented Tea Tree

Saucer Magnolia

Star  Magnolia

Crabapple Tree



Pigmy Date Palm


Willow Pittosporum

Chilean Mesquite

Taiwan Flowering Cherry

(certain varieties) 20’ and lower

(certain varieties) 20’ and lower

India Hawthorn

Karoo Boerboon

Paraguay Nightshade


Chinese Toona

Giant Thevetia

Princess Flower

Snowflake Aralia

Chaste Tree

Spanish Dagger


Botanical Name Common Name
Acacia species

Acer saccharinum

Aesculus californica

Afrocarpus gracilior

Agathis robusta

Agonis flexuosa

Albizia julibrissin

Alnus species

Arbutus species

Bamboo (most varieties)

Bauhinia variegata (purpurea)

Betula species

Brachychiton species

Callistemon viminalis

Calodendrum capense

Casuarina stricta

Catalpa speciosa

Cedrela fissilis

Cedrus species

Celtis species

Ceratonia siliqua

Cercidium floridium

Cercis canadensis

Chiranthodendron pentadactylon

Chitalpa tashkentensis

Chorisia speciosa

Cinnamonmum camphora

Cocos plumosa

Corynocarpus laevigata

Cupressus species

Dombeya cacuminum

Erythrina (most varieties)

Eucalyptus species

Fagus sylvatica

Ficus (most varieties)

Firmiana simplex

Fraxinus species

Geijera parvifolia

Grevillea robusta

Ginkgo biloba

Gleditsia triacanthos

Hymenosporum flavum

Jacaranda mimosifolia

Juglans species

Koelreuteria bipinnata

Koelreuteria paniculata

Acacia or Wattle

Silver Leaf Maple

California Buckeye

African Fern Pine

Queensland Kauri

Australian Willow

Mimosa Tree

Alder trees

Strawberry tree


Purple Orchid Tree

Birch Trees

Flame & Bottle Trees

Weeping Bottlebrush

Cape Chestnut

Mountain She-Oak

Western Catalpa

Brazilian Cedarwood



Carob Tree

Blue Palo Verde

Eastern Redbud

Monkey’s Hand Tree


Silk Floss Tree

Camphor Tree

Queen Palm

New Zealand Laurel

Cypress Tree

Strawberry Snowball Tree

Coral Tree


European Beech

Ornamental Fig

Chinese Parasol Tree

Ash Tree

Australian Willow

Silk Tree

Maidenhair Tree

Honey Locust

Sweet Shade Tree



Chinese Flame Tree

Goldenrain Tree


Botanical Name Common Name
Lagerstroemia indica

Lagunaria patersonii

Laurus nobilis

Leucadendron argenteum

Libocedrus (Calocedrus)decurrens

Ligustrum lucidum

Liquidambar styraciflua

Liriodendron tulipifera

Lyonothamnus floribundus

Magnolia grandiflora

Maytenus boaria

Melaleuca linariifolia

Melaleuca quinquenervia

Metrosideros excelsus

Morus alba

Myoporum laetum

Nyssa sylvatica

Olea europea

Olneya tesota

Parkinsonia aculeata

Paulownia kawakamii

Persimmon ‘Hachiya’ / ‘Fuyu’

Phoenix (all but listed below)

Picea species

Pinus species

Pittosporum undulatum

Platanus species

Podocarpus species

Populus species

Prunus caroliniana

Prunus lyonii

Quercus species

Quillaja saponaria

Pyrus species

Rhus lancea

Robinia species

Robinsonella cordata

Salix babylonica

Sambucus Mexicana

Sapium sebiferum

Schinus speces

Sequoia sempervirens

Sequoiadendron gigantean

Sophora japonica

Spathodea campanulata

Stenocarpus sinuatus

Strelitzia Nicolai

Tabebuia species

Taxodium species

Taxus baccata

Tipuana tipu

Trachycarpus fortunei

Tristinia conferta

Tristania laurina

Ulmus species

Umbellularia californica

Washingtonia robusta

Wollemia nobilis

Zelkova serrata

Crape Myrtle

Primrose Tree

Sweet Bay

Silver Tree

Incense Cedar

Glossy Privet

Sweet Gum

Tulip Tree

Catalina Ironwood

Southern Magnolia

Mayten Tree

Flaxleaf Paperbark

Cajeput Tree

New Zealand Christmas Tree



Sour Gum

Olive Tree

Desert Ironwood

Mexican Palo Verde

Sapphire Dragon Tree


Date Palm



Victorian Box


Fern Pine

Poplar/ Cottonwood/Aspen

Carolina Cherry

Catalina Cherry


Soapbark Tree

Ornamental Pear

African Sumac


Heartleaf Robinsonella

Weeping Willow

Blue Elderberry

Chinese Tallow Tree

Pepper Tree

Coast Redwood

Giant Sequoia

Pagoda Tree

African Tulip Tree

Firewheel Tree

Giant Bird of Paradise

Trumpet Tree


English Yew

Tipu Tree

Windmill Palm

Brisbane Box

Box Tree

Elm Trees

California Bay Tree

Mexican Fan Palm

Wollemi Pine

Sawleaf Zelkova

To resolve landscape issues utilize the T-R-I-M method.

T – Talk

Talk to your neighbor about trimming their tree or landscaping.  We find that neighborly communication solves most issues.

R – Report

Report any issues that you cannot resolve with your neighbor to the Landscape Committee.  Include photos and copies of correspondence with your report to assist the committee.

I – Investigate

The committee will meet with the affected neighbors and investigate your report to determine whether a violation exists.

M – Mediate

If a violation is found the Landscape Committee will mediate between you and your neighbor to correct the violation or provide a binding position that may be enforced by the parties.