OVA Proposed Do Not Plant List

  • Kevin Hubred, OVA Manager

California Civil Code 4360 requires that the board provide general notice of a proposed rule change at least 30 days before making the rule change. The notice shall include the text of the proposed rule change and a description of the purpose and effect of
the proposed rule change.

A decision on a proposed rule change shall be made at a board meeting, after consideration of any
comments made by association members.

The Board of Directors will be discussing the proposed rule at the October 16 Board Meeting.
Members of the Oakmont Village Association will have an opportunity to make comments on the proposed changes prior to adoption by the board pursuant to California Civil Code 4360 and 4040, respectively. If approved, the Do Not Plant List will become effective immediately. We hope to see you there!

Purpose and Effect: The members of the Oakmont Village Association will be prohibited from planting any of the trees, shrubs, bushes or grasses on the Flammable Plants—Do Not Plant List after approval by the Board of Directors.

The Fire Safety Committee recommends approval of this Do Not Plant list, but members and residents are not required to remove existing plants and is only a recommendation.

Flammable Plants— Remove/Do Not Plant

Click Here For A Printable Version Of The Do Not Plant List
Acacia spp;
Black walnut—Juglans nigra;
California bay—Umbellularia californica;
California Pepper Tree—Schinus mole;
Cedars—Cedrus spp;
Eucalyptus—Eucalyptus spp;
False cypress—Chamaecyparis spp;
Firs—Abeis spp;
Hemlock—Tsuga spp;
Honeylocust—Gleditsia tricanthos;
Juniper—Juniperus spp;
Liquid Amber— Liquidambar styraciflua;
New Zealand teatree— Leptospermum spp;
Paperbark tree—Malaleuca spp;
Pines—Pinus spp;
Spruce—Picea spp;
Tamarisk, or salt cedar—Tamarisk spp;
Tan Bark or Tan Oak—Notholitlithocarpus densiflorus;
Thuja— Arborvitae spp;
Tree of heaven—Ailanthus altissima.
Bamboo—all species;
Brooms—all species;
California buckwheat—Eriogonum fasciculatum;
[one_half_last]Chamise—Adenostoma fasciculatum;
Chaparral Pea—Pickeringia montana;
Chinquapin, Giant—Chrysolepis chrysophylla;
Coyote brush—Baccharis spp;
Evergreen huckleberry—Vaccinium ovatum;
Gas Plant—Dietamus fraxinella;
Gorse—Ulex euriopea;
Grevilleas—Revillea noellii;
Honeysuckle—Lonicera chenesis halliana;
Hopbush or Hopseed Bush—Dodonaea viscosa;
Juniper—Juniperus spp;
Leland Cypress—Cupressus x leyandii
(shrub used as a hedge);
Manzanita—Arctostaphylos spp
(ground cover variety okay, also a tree);
New Zealand teatree—Leptospermum spp
(becomes tree if not shaped as shrub);
Sagebrush—Artemesia californica;
Scrub Oak—Berberidifolia;
Yew—Taxus spp (also a tree).
Fountain grass—Pennisetum spp;
Maiden Grass—Miscanthus marder;
Pampas grass—Cortadaria selloana.
Ground Cover: Ivy—Hedera;
Vinca—Vinca major.[/one_half_last]

The list of The Most Flammable Plants and The Less Flammable Plants are compilations of various sources listed in References. Most sources agree that while all plants can burn some are measurably more dangerous than others. All sources recommend the removal of these Most Flammable Plants from landscapes. The Less Flammable Plants List is suggestive only, representing some of the available plants which are safer if located properly and maintained carefully. The Fire Safe Committee urges a careful review of the
sources in References to understand the many factors that affect landscaping in fire-prone areas such as Sonoma County. Ultimately it is the responsibility of each of us to prepare and to maintain our properties in Oakmont for a safer environment for everyone.


Many organizations plan meetings and workshops relating to a fire-safer community. Consult local listings for the multiple offerings.