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Bamboo is a type of plant found in jungles.


Bamboo can be mined with any tool.

Block Bamboo
Hardness ?
Tool Any
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 3
Sword 0.33
Axe 0.375
Pickaxe 0.42
Shovel 0.42
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Natural generation[edit]

Bamboo generates in widely scattered single shoots within jungle biomes. Bamboo generates much more densely in the bamboo variants of jungles, covering large swaths of the landscape.

Naturally generated bamboo may grow through trees, creating holes in their trunks and canopies.‌[Java Edition only]


Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in Minecraft. At default random Tick speed, each plant grows approximately every 204.8 seconds (every three random ticks).


Pandas will drop 0–3 bamboo when killed.


Bamboo can be found while fishing in jungle biomes as a junk item.

Chest loot[edit]

In 1.14[upcoming] bamboo can be found in 15.6% of shipwreck supply chests and 51.0% of jungle temple chests in stacks of 1–3.

In Bedrock Edition, they can be found in 50.9% of jungle temple chests in stacks of 1–3.


When mined, any other bamboo block placed above it will also get destroyed. A bamboo block will also be removed and drop itself as an item, if a piston tries to push it or moves a block into its space. Bamboo can also be placed in a flower pot, where it retains the design it has in its item form.


Bamboo can be placed and will grow on grass blocks, dirt, sand, mycelium, podzol, coarse dirt or red sand. When bone meal is used on it, it will grow 1–2 blocks taller. Bamboo can grow to a maximum of 12–16 blocks tall.


Bamboo items are eaten by pandas and can be used to speed up the growth of baby pandas. Bamboo can also be used to breed pandas, requiring at least 8 blocks of bamboo within a 5 block radius, at which point the player can feed them bamboo and they will mate, producing a baby panda.


Bamboo can be used as fuel in furnaces and will smelt 0.25 items.

Flower pots[edit]

Bamboo can also be planted inside a flower pot, for decoration.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Stick Bamboo

Scaffolding Bamboo +


The different stages of bamboo growth.

The appearance of bamboo changes as it grows. When first placed, it takes the form of a small shoot. When it grows one block taller it grows to 2 pixels in length and width and the top block has leaves coming off it. At 3 blocks, the top 2 blocks have leaves and at 4 blocks the bamboo expands to 3×3 pixels. At 5 blocks tall, the top 3 blocks will have leaves on them and as the bamboo grows the leaves will move up and stay at the top 3 blocks. Destroying a block of bamboo will not change the appearance of the blocks below it. Bamboo is oriented at a random position in the block that it is in. It is the only block which changes its hitbox as it grows.

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Name ID Name
Bamboo bamboo
Bamboo Sapling bamboo_sapling

Bedrock Edition:

Name ID Name Numeral ID
Bamboo bamboo ?

Block states[edit]

See also: Block states


Name Value Description
 age0–1The age of the bamboo, if this is 1 the bamboo appears thicker.
The size of the leaves on this bamboo block.
 stage0–1The stage is incremented at random intervals.
At stage 1, bamboo may try to grow more bamboo above it.

Bamboo sapling

Name Value Description
 stage0–1The stage is incremented at random intervals.
At stage 1, bamboo may try to grow more bamboo above it.


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
ZoologistBreed two Pandas with bamboo.NoUpcomingYesNo40G


September 29, 2018Bamboo is announced at MINECON Earth 2018.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.14 18w43a Added bamboo.
Added bamboo jungles, where bamboo will naturally generate in.
Bedrock Edition
1.8 beta Added bamboo.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.9 beta Bamboo can now generate in jungle biomes in single shoots.
Added bamboo jungles, where bambo will naturally generate in.


  • Because bamboo also grows very fast, it only takes 500 plants in an automatic farm to produce more items than a hopper can collect. However, a single hopper can only move enough items to keep 6.25 furnaces running.