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Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise.
(a) "Climate appropriate" means plants, shrubs, ground covers, or tree species that meet at least one of the following conditions:
(1) The species has a water use ranking of "low" or "very low" in Region 1 (North-Central Coast) as established in the California Department of Water Resources 2000 publication "Water Use Classification of Landscape Species" or subsequent editions as it may be updated;
(2) The species has a water use ranking of "no water", "little water", or "little to moderate water" in the climate zone for the planting location as established in the Sunset Western Garden Book, Eighth Edition, published by Oxmoor House on February 1, 2007 or subsequent editions as it may be updated;
(3) The plantings are part of an engineered stormwater management feature approved by the General Manager of the Public Utilities Commission pursuant to the San Francisco Stormwater Design Guidelines established by the Public Utilities Commission;
(4) The Department of Public Works, the Recreation and Park Department, or the General Manager of the Public Utilities Commission has determined that the species, when watered for sufficient plant health and appearance, is low water use based on the agency's experience with the species, and the agency has added the species to the Low Water Use and Climate Appropriate Plant List maintained by the General Manager of the Public Utilities Commission;
(5) The species appears on the San Francisco Street Tree Species List established by the Department of Public Works Bureau of Urban Forestry;
(6) The planting is part of a species test approved by the Department of Public Works or the Recreation and Park Department; or
(7) The species has been permitted at the site by the Department of Public Works or the General Manager of the Public Utilities Commission based on wet soil conditions stemming from proximity to naturally occurring water features such as a high water table, springs, ponds, lakes, creeks, and wetlands.
(Added by Ord. 84-10, File No. 091453, App. 4/22/2010)