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Uncultivated land covered with bushes or stunted trees.
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may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasuse on relations unspecified
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Status: Approved

Scrub (shrubland, scrubland, brush) is a plant community characterized by vegetation dominated by shrubs (bush), often also including grasses, herbs, and geophytes. It may be the mature vegetation type in a particular region and remain stable over time, or a transitional community that occurs temporarily as the result of a disturbance, such as fire.

See Wikipedia shrubland on Wikipedia and Wikipedia Garrigue#Similar_ecoregions on Wikipedia


natural=scrub applies to nodes and areas.

Additional tags

  • name=* - name of the site
  • leaf_type=broadleaved/needleleaved/mixed - describes the type of leaves.
  • leaf_cycle=deciduous/evergreen/mixed - describes the phenology of leaves.
  • wood=coniferous/deciduous/mixed - type of wood. This key is deprecated!


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The widely-used Anderson (1976) classification system has detailed descriptions of scrub. Particular attention should be paid to these classifications:

  • 3 Rangeland
    • 31 Herbaceous Rangeland
    • 32 Shrub and Brush Rangeland
    • 33 Mixed Rangeland

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Common Tagging Mistakes

landuse=scrub - If you know places with this tag, verify if it could be tagged with another tag. Automated edits are strongly discouraged unless you really know what you are doing!