Pm standards 09/11/03

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PM Standards


Landscaping II – Trees & Shrubs

  • This should be read in conjunction with the standard ‘Landscaping I – Open Areas’.

  • The following criteria have been used for developing the standards for trees:

  • Setbacks from walls / boundary / house

  • Front setback – choice / number / spacing:

  • Blending with overall style of landscaping across PM

  • Addition of shade trees

  • Open, uncluttered look

  • Typical spread of mature trees

  • General criteria - avoid:
  • Strong / spreading roots – risk of damage to foundations, cabling, piping, etc.

  • Weak roots – risk of getting uprooted

  • Widely spreading branches – intrusion into neighbouring houses

  • Fruits that attract bats and monkeys (e.g., mangoes)
  • Fruits that have strong smell (e.g., jackfruit)

  • Trees prone to infection / disease

  • Trees that have excessive shedding of leaves / flowers – difficulty of cleaning

  • Trees with fragile, short-lived flowers

  • Heavy shade trees – difficulty of maintaining lawn

  • General criteria - look for:

  • Flowering trees

  • Evergreen

  • Elegance, even when not flowering or when shedding leaves

  • Blending with environment

  • Front setback area - approved list of trees:

Botanical name

Common / local name


Primary Trees:

1. Callistemon lanceolatus


2. Plumeria alba

Frangipani; Pagoda tree;

Temple tree

Secondary Trees:

1. Lagerstroemia speciosa

Pride of India; Queen of flowers

For side roads

2. Lagerstroemia floribunda

For main roads

3. Bignonia megapotamica

Slow growing

  • Primary and secondary trees should be common for each road.

  • Planting of secondary tree is optional, and subject to availability of space as per guidelines.

  • Front setback area - approved list of shrubs:

Botanical name

Common / local name


With ‘Bottlebrush’:

1. Murraya exotica

Chinese box

White fragrant flowers

2. Ixora - dwarf

Pink flowers

3. Eunovalis paniculata

Jacquemontia - dwarf

Ground cover – blue flowers

With ‘Plumeria’:

1. Golphimia gluca

Small yellow flowers

2. Nerium oleander rosium

Pink flowers

3. Durantha goldiana

Ground cover – yellow tinted foliage

For picket fence:

1. Thrinax parviflora

Fan-shaped palm

2. Jacquemontia violacea

Creeper – blue flowers

  • Sides / rear - recommended list of trees:

Botanical name

Common / local name


  1. Millingtonia hortensis

Indian cork tree;

Tree jasmine

Fragrant white tubular flowers

  1. Cordia sebestena

Aloe wood; scarlet cordial

Scarlet flowers; thick leaves

  1. Brassia actinophylla

Umbrella tree

  1. Michelia champaka

(grafted variety only)


Fragrant white, cream or orange flowers

  1. Cassia fistula

Indian laburnum; Golden shower

Clusters of yellow flowers

  1. Tabebuia argentea

Golden bell

Clusters of yellow flowers; tree suited for small gardens

  1. Solanum macranthum

Brazilian potato tree

Purple flowers

  1. Tecoma gaudichaudi

Yellow flowers

  1. Azadiracta indica

Neem tree; Margosa tree

Tall tree – can be kept pruned

  1. Callistemon lanceolatus


  1. Plumeria

Frangipani; Pagoda tree;

Temple tree

White, yellow or red flowers

  1. Lagerstroemia speciosa

Pride of India; Queen of flowers

Pink or purple flowers

  1. Lagerstroemia floribunda

Pink flowers

  1. Bignonia megapotamica

Shade tree; slow growing

  • Planting of trees at the sides / rear of villas is optional, and subject to availability of space as per guidelines.

  • Sides / rear - restricted list of trees:

Botanical name

Common / local name


1. Ficus varieties


Wide-spreading canopy / roots

2. Delonix regia


Wide-spreading canopy / roots

3. B. Blakeana / Purpurea


Prone to attack by pests

4. Spathodea campanulata

Tulip tree

Big tree; suited for large open spaces


Singapore cherry

Attracts bats

6. Polyalthia longifolia


Attracts bats

  • Spacing guidelines for trees / shrubs:

  • For trees:

  • A minimum distance of 6’-0” should be maintained from any tree to the nearest wall / fence / drain / ducting / cabling.

  • A minimum distance of 10’-0” to 12’-0” ft. should be maintained between any two trees in the front setback area.

  • A similar distance between trees is recommended for the sides / rear, but this is optional.

  • For tall shrubs:

  • The recommended minimum distance is 2’-6” from the nearest wall / fence.

  • General:

  • Trees and shrubs should be pruned periodically, where necessary, to avoid foliage spreading into neighbouring villas.

  • Deviations:

  • In case a tree being considered for the sides / rear is not in the recommended list, and also does not specifically feature in the restricted list, it should be referred to the Standards Review Committee (SRC) for clearance. The SRC will review the proposal, seek expert opinion where necessary, and revert regarding the suitability or otherwise.

  • Prior written approval of the Association should be obtained for any deviations.

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