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Oak Sapling.pngSpruce Sapling.pngBirch Sapling.pngJungle Sapling.pngAcacia Sapling.pngDark Oak Sapling.png
Oak SaplingSpruce SaplingBirch SaplingJungle SaplingAcacia SaplingDark Oak Sapling








Blast resistance





Any tool




Yes (64)



First appearances

Pre-classic rd-161348

Birch, Spruce

Beta 1.5


1.2.1 (12w04a)

Acacia, Dark Oak

1.7.2 (13w43a)



Data value

dec: 06 hex: 6 bin: 110



A sapling is an item obtained from leaves that can be grown into trees. There are 6 types of saplings: oak, birch, spruce, jungle, acacia, and dark oak - one for each type of tree. Saplings have a 1/20 chance of dropping when leaves are destroyed, except jungle saplings, which have a 1/40 chance of dropping. Oak saplings also have a 25% chance of spawning in Blacksmith chests in villages.


Saplings can grow into trees on any dirt, podzol or grass block, and in any altitude, granted that the saplings are exposed to a light level of at least 9, and have a certain amount of space above the sapling, depending on the sapling type:

  • Oak Saplings need at least 5 spaces above
  • Birch Saplings need at least 6 spaces above
  • Spruce Saplings need at least 7 spaces above when placing a single sapling
    • Giant Spruce Saplings need at least 16 spaces above when placed in a 2x2 square
  • Jungle Saplings need at least 7 spaces above when placing a single sapling
    • Giant Jungle Saplings need at least 13 spaces above when placed in a 2x2 square
  • Acacia Saplings need at least 7 spaces above
  • Dark Oak Saplings need at least 7 spaces above and must be placed in a 2x2 square

However, they will grow slower if they have fewer than 10 blocks above the dirt.[Verify] To instantly grow a tree, bone meal can be used on the sapling. It takes 2-4 uses of bone meal to grow a tree. If there is not enough space, the sapling will not grow.

Certain trees can only be grown with more than one sapling. Dark Oak Saplings will not grow unless four saplings are placed in a 2x2 square. Spruce Saplings and Jungle Saplings, if placed in a 2x2 square, will grow into a large variant of the respective tree.

All saplings with their respective wood.


Most trees will drop more than one sapling (four for giant jungle trees and dark oaks). The only exception is the small jungle tree, which will probably drop only one or even zero saplings. This means that to make a jungle tree farm, it is necessary to farm giant jungle trees.

Data Values[edit]

DV Description

0 Oak Sapling

1 Spruce Sapling

2 Birch Sapling

3 Jungle Sapling

4 Acacia Sapling

5 Dark Oak Sapling


rd-161348 SaplingClassic0.0.13a.png Saplings were added to the game.
0.0.11a SaplingClassic0.0.11a.png Changed texture.
0.0.13a SaplingClassic0.0.13a.png The texture was changed back to the original.
0.24_06 Sapling can grow into tree.
Sapling Indev.png Changed texture.
April 20, 2010 Saplings can grow into fancy trees instead of the original pattern.
1.5 Added Birch and Spruce saplings. Before, trees only dropped oak saplings, regardless of the tree.
Saplings can be used as fuel in furnaces.
When the game was updated, all planted saplings were randomly turned into a birch or spruce sapling.
Official release
1.2.1 12w04a Grid Oak Sapling.png Changed texture of oak saplings.
Added Jungle saplings.
1.3.1 12w17a Saplings now have names based on their type of tree.
1.4.2 12w34a Added the ability to place saplings in flower pots
1.7.2 13w43a Added Acacia and Oak Roof saplings.
1.7-pre Renamed Roofed Oak to Dark Oak.
1.8 14w04a Saplings are now flammable.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.2 Added oak, birch and spruce saplings.
0.9.0 build 1 Added jungle, acacia and dark oak saplings.
Console Edition
TU1 Added oak saplings.
TU9 Added birch and spruce saplings.
TU12 Added jungle saplings.
Pi Edition
0.1.1 Added oak, birch and spruce saplings.


Issues relating to "Sapling" are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.


  • If the player stands on the same block as a placed sapling, the tree will still grow over the player, which will cause suffocation. In creative the player is moved.
  • Saplings can grow without the required amount of light if bone meal is used.
  • Repeatedly planting dark oak saplings in the same spot on the bedrock layer would eventually create a hole into the void. The thick trunk of dark oak trees grows over, or "breaks" the bedrock. This also works with jungle saplings placed in a 2x2 square as they act the same.
  • Two saplings are required to smelt one item, so 128 Saplings are needed to burn a stack (64) of items.
  • Birch Sapling is a mirrored and reversed-colored version of Oak Sapling.