| natural = tree
|A single tree, often significant.|
|Used on these elements|
|Tools for this tag|
How to map
Place a node () at the location of the tree's trunk with the tag natural=tree.
- leaf_type=broadleaved/needleleaved - describes the type of leaves.
type=broad_leaved/conifer/palm- Caution: The usage of type=* for non-relation elements should be avoided! (use leaf_type instead)
- genus=* - scientific name of the genus (first part of the scientific name). If you add species=* this is not necessary.
- species=* - scientific name of the species (popularly known as the Latin name). Please use the namespaces for local languages (see examples)
- taxon=* scientific name describing any taxonomic level e.g. order, family, genus, species, sub-species or cultivar
- sex=male/female. Some species are dioecious, meaning that an individual has only male or only female flowers. A good known example are all willows (Salix).
- circumference=* for the circumference of the trunk (measured in a height of 1 metre above ground). If no unit is given metres are assumed.
- height=* for the height
- name=* for individual trees which have a name, usually these are either individual trees with a historical or traditional name or trees with a name given in memory of special events (> memorial tree). The usual rules for name=* apply. This tag should not be used for a description of the species.
- leaf_cycle=deciduous/evergreen/semi_deciduous/semi_evergreen - describes the phenology of leaves.
Subtag denotation to indicate the significance
It can be helpful to further describe the context and significance of a tree. It can be used for some maps to enhance landmarks and to tone down or skip unremarkable trees. There are some further suggestions for this on the discussion page. The tag denotation seems to be widely in use:
|Tagging||Symbol||Description||Picture||Comments||Hints / Links|
|denotation=*||defines the context of the tree|
||an alternative might be landmark=*?||Landmark on Wikipedia|
||an alternative is monument=* (see below)||Natural monument on Wikipedia|
It might be sufficient to mark the entire tree row with natural=tree_row or the road with tree_lined=yes instead of mapping individual trees. However, this approach is somehow limited because it doesn't allow for further details on single trees, like different species.
|in case of urban avenues it is suggested to use avenue and prioritize it over urban||Avenue on Wikipedia|
Generically marks trees that are not standing alone. This tag is a rough estimate placed once by a bot to distinguish unmarked trees which are closer than 50 metres from each other with the assumption that these are more likely to be urban trees or forests rather than landmarks. If known, this value should be replaced by one of the more precise values above.
|this contested tag was introduced unilaterally by a bot but most mappers find it useless because you can see this from the data and you can define your own limits. This tag is also not combineable with other denotation values like urban and avenue.||find more about the circumstances in this wiki|
If you want to map a line of trees, have a look at natural=tree_row. (When along a road, this is sometimes called "avenue of trees", allé or allée.) This approach can also be combined with individually mapped trees for further details.
A walnut tree (common walnut):
- species=Juglans regia (this is the latin species name)
- species:en=Common Walnut
- species:de=Echte Walnuss
An oak tree (unknown species):
A spruce tree (unknown species):
A birch tree (unknown species):
A Canary Island date palm:
- natural=tree_row - for tree rows
- Proposed features/Tree - accepted proposal for this tag
- landuse=forest, natural=wood - managed/unmanaged woodland
- habitat=* (proposed)
- plant_community=* (proposed)
- Tree table - ideas for mapping 3D trees
- Environmental OSM - OpenStreetMap environmental projects and tags
- Invasive Non-Native Species - proposal for recording invasive species