Landscape Requirements- Single Family




For lot widths 100 ft. or less: 3 trees and 15 shrubs. (2 of the trees in front)
For lot widths 100 ft. or more: 4 trees and 20 shrubs. (3 of the trees in front)
Duplexes are considered as 2 dwelling units (double the amount).
Sizes Shade trees to be a min. 12 ft. tall, 6 ft. spread and 3 “ diameter. Trees shall be grade #1 with a single, strong leader. Flowering trees to be a min. 10 ft. tall, 5 ft. spread and 2-½ inch diameter.
Palms to have a min. 6 ft. grey wood (mature trunk); Cabbage palms to have a min. 8 ft. of clear trunk.
Palms may be substituted for trees, however three palms
(clustered together) equal 1 tree. Only one tree may be replaced with palms.
Shrubs to be 24” tall by 24” spread.
Sod, mulch, planting, staking
St. Augustine sod and irrigation is required in the swale area or to the edge of waterline (max 30 ft.) if property abuts a water body.
Mulch, at 3 inches thick is required in beds and within 24 inches of trees, (keep mulch away from trunk).
Trees and palms should be planted at the same grade as the nursery and need to be properly staked.
Permanent sod is required in all areas not mulched, which will be a St. Augustine variety. This sod will need irrigation to survive.
An automatic irrigation system with 150% overlap is required for duplexes.
An automatic irrigation system is not required for single family
residential, however it is highly recommended to keep your sod
and other plantings alive.
Don’t Plant
  • Trees under or near FPL overhead lines. Certain guidelines are available at the Planning and Development Services.
  • Trees with large nuts or messy berries/fruits/sap anywhere near the driveway, like Black Olive (drops berries), Mahogany and Coconuts (have large nuts), any fruiting trees or pine trees (sap).
Questions may be directed to Harold Hoyte, City Landscape Architect, at 954.480.4206, or by email at 
Call SUNSHINE 48 hours before you dig to locate utilities
1-800-432-4770, ID # 8682