Tree Ordinances

South Bay is located in Orange County, FL which requires homeowners to follow zoning ordinances regarding trees on their property as well as the South Bay HOA common grounds.

The beauty and value of your home and our neighborhood depend on these large trees in our area.

The South Bay HOA urges all homeowners to replant Orange County approved recommended stock list trees as shown below if their lot does not adhere to the approved recommended minimum tree limit for square footage OR when a homeowner removes a tree due to age, disease or hazard which is also listed below.

Orange County Tree Zoning Ordinance References

General Zoning Ordinance

Residential lot trees shall mean trees that are required to be planted on residential lots per section 15-306. These trees are required to be a minimum of eight (8) feet tall and have a minimum caliper of two (2) inches and are to be selected from the recommended stock list in section 15-283(a).


Specific Zoning Ordinance

Sec. 15-306. – Residential lot trees (minimum trees required per lot). Prior to issuance of the certificate of occupancy, each residential lot shall contain at least the following minimum number of residential lot trees. These trees must be a minimum of eight (8) feet in height and at least two (2) inches in caliper. These trees may count toward replacement requirements if they are at least ten (10) feet in height and are at least three (3) inches in caliper. They must be selected from the recommended stock list. Replacement trees used on lots and preserved trees can count toward this requirement. Understory trees may make up to twenty-five (25) percent of the required number of trees:

  • (1)Lots less than 5,000 square feet shall contain a minimum of one (1) tree.
  • (2)Lot 5,000 to 7,999 square feet shall contain a minimum of two (2) trees.
  • (3)Lots 8,000 to 11,999 square feet shall contain a minimum of four (4) trees.
  • (4)Lots 12,000 to 19,999 square feet shall contain a minimum of five (5) trees.
  • (5)Lots 20,000 square feet or greater shall contain a minimum of six (6) trees.

(Ord. No. 2001-19, § 14, 11-6-01)


Recommended Trees For Use “Recommended Stock”

Sec. 15-283. – Recommended, replacement, restricted, and specimen trees.

(a) Recommended stock. The following tree replacement species are suggested because they are native to the region and/or their proven performance in Central Florida. The following trees may be used as replacement stock without prior approval. All other replacement trees must be approved by the zoning manager. EXPAND

Botanical NameCommon NameC/U
(Canopy or
Acer rubrumRed mapleC
Aesculus paviaRed buckeyeU
Betula NigraRiver BirchU
Carya floridanaScrub hickoryC
Carya glabraPignut hickoryC
Carya glabra negacarpaCoast pignut hickoryU
Carya illinoinensisPecanC
Cercis canadensisRed BudU
Chionanthus virginicusFringe TreeC
Cornus floridaFlowering dogwoodU
Cornus foeminaSwamp dogwoodU
Fraxinus pennsylvanicaGreen AshC
Gordonia LasianthusLoblolly bayU
Ilex cassineDahoon hollyU
Ilex opacaAmerican hollyU
Juniperus virginianaSouthern red cedarC
Lagerstroemia indicaCrepe MyrtleU
Ligustrum japonicumLigustrumU
Liquidambar styracifluaSweet gumC
Liriodendron tulipferaTulip treeU
Magnolia grandifloraSouthern magnoliaC
Magnolia virginianaSweet bayU
Nyssa sylvaticaBlack GumC
Osmanthus americanusWild olive-DevilwoodU
Persea borboniaRed bayU
Pinus elliottiSlash PineC
Pinus palustrisLong Leaf PineC
Pinus taedaLoblolly PineC
Platanus occidentalisSycamoreC
Prunus angustifoliaChickasaw plumU
Quercus falcataSouthern Red OakC
Quercus geminataSand live oakC
Quercus incanaBlackjack oakU
Quercus inopinaScrub oakU
Quercus laevisTurkey oakC
Quercus LaurifoiliaLaurel oakC
Quercus michauxiiSwamp Chestnut OakC
Quercus myrtifoliaMyrtle oakU
Quercus nigraWater oakC
Quercus shumardiiSpanish oak; Shumard OakC
Quercus virginianaLive oakC
Sabal PalmettoSabal or Cabbage PalmU
Taxodium ascendensPond cypressC
Taxodium distichumBald cypressC
Ulmus alataWinged elm; Cork elmC
Ulmus parvifoliaChinese ElmC


Restricted stock. The following trees may not be used as replacement stock within the unincorporated areas of the county due to their exotic invasive nature or otherwise undesirable characteristics: (Also includes all plants listed on the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council list, categories I and II.) EXPAND

Botanical NameCommon Name
Albizzia julibrissinMimosa
Broussonetia papyriforaPaper mulberry
Casuarina speciesAustralian pine
Enterlobium contortisliquumEar tree
Eucalyptus camuldulensisCama eucalyptus
Grevillea robustaSilk oak
Jacaranda acutifoliaJacaranda
Leucaena speciesLead tree
Melaleuca speciesCajeput or punk tree
Melia azedarchChinaberry
Sapium sebiferumChinese tallow tree
Schinus terebinthifoliusFlorida holly or Brazilian pepper
Terminalia catappaTropical Almond