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Public-images-osm logo.svg denotation
Defines the denotation of a tree Edit or translate this description.
Group: Properties
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Documented values: 1
Useful combination
Status: de facto

In OSM usecases denotation is used to tell how significant a tree is. Is it a regular tree that is similar to so many other trees near it or is it a remarkable tree that people have decorated special benches near or put signs near it detailing things about it? Is it a tree that helps you in navigation or finding your way around? Then denotation may help. Used to refine trees (natural=tree and natural=tree_row).

Typical values

Tagging Symbol Description Picture Comments Hints / Links
denotation=* defines the context of the tree
  • the tree is remarkable due to its size or prominent location
  • usually visible from great distances and useful for navigation
Tree.jpg an alternative might be landmark=*? Landmark on Wikipedia
  • especially old tree, often with a particular shape. Usually protected for its uniqueness
Gatchina Palace. Old oak.jpg an alternative is monument=* (see below) Natural monument on Wikipedia
  • Trees aligned along a road

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.

Tree alley.jpg in case of urban avenues it is suggested to use avenue and prioritize it over urban Avenue on Wikipedia
  • "Urban trees"

Trees found within settlements, e.g. in parks or spread through residential areas. For large or dense groups of trees it may be better to just map the surrounding polygon with landuse=forest

Victoria Park London.jpg
  • Trees in agricultural use
McIntosh apples on apple trees - panoramio.jpg also have a look at:

and maybe:

Historical values

Tagging Symbol Description Picture Comments Hints / Links
  • "Generic Cluster"

Marks "non-special trees", notably those closer than 50 meters. This tag was deprecated then purged in 2015 from the database.

Introduced by a mass edit during an editing dispute. For removal edit see Mechanical Edits/Bryce C Nesbitt.

See also