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Oak Leaves TextureUpdate.pngSpruce Leaves TextureUpdate.pngBirch Leaves TextureUpdate.pngJungle Leaves TextureUpdate.pngAcacia Leaves TextureUpdate.pngDark Oak Leaves TextureUpdate.png
Leaves (Fast).pngSpruce Leaves (Fast).pngBirch Leaves (Fast).pngJungle Leaves (Fast).pngLeaves (Fast).pngLeaves (Fast).png
Snowy Oak Leaves.pngSnowy Spruce Leaves.pngSnowy Birch Leaves.pngSnowy Jungle Leaves.pngSnowy Acacia Leaves.pngSnowy Dark Oak Leaves.png

Partial (diffuses sky light)



Blast resistance






Yes (64)



Data values
dec: 18 hex: 12 bin: 10010
Acacia/Dark Oak
dec: 161 hex: A1 bin: 10100001
Namespaced ID

See § Data values

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Please remove this notice once you've added suitable images to the article. The specific instructions are: unique biome colourings of leaves (excluding transitional) as in Water
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Leaves were one of Minecraft's earliest additions, arriving alongside logs, ores and sand way back in 2009 ... They've changed a lot over time, first being tweaked to drop saplings, then to decay when deprived of their trunk, then to drop apples, then even to have water drip through them when it's raining!

Duncan Geere[1]

Leaves are blocks which grow as part of trees.


Leaves can only be obtained with shears or Silk Touch enchanted tools.

Block Leaves
Hardness 0.2
Breaking time
Hand 0.35
Shears 0.05
Sword 0.2

Natural generation[edit]

Leaves occur naturally on trees throughout the Overworld. Oak leaves also generate in woodland mansions.


Leaves from trees spontaneously decay (disappear) when they receive a block tick if they are not connected to any log, either directly or via other leaf block, with a maximum distance of 6 blocks. Player-placed leaf blocks will never decay.

Leaves which decay or are destroyed without using shears yield saplings or sticks 5% (1/20) of the time, and otherwise drop nothing. Jungle leaves drop saplings 2.5% (1/40) of the time. Oak and dark oak leaves also have a separate but additional 0.5% (1/200) chance of dropping an apple, making it extremely rare but possible for a single leaf to drop both an apple and a sapling simultaneously. Rates are increased by the Fortune enchantment. Leaves that are burned do not yield saplings or apples.

Leaves take on a different shade of green depending on the biome in which they are placed.

Leaves are always transparent to light, but cannot be seen through when the graphics mode is set to "Fast"; the transparent regions are instead black. They diffuse sky light, causing the shadows they cast under trees.

Redstone Component[edit]

The state of a leaves block --including a player-placed block-- changes instantly when the distance to the nearest Log or Wood block changes, up to 6 blocks of leaves away. Observers facing away from the leaves will detect this change and transmit a redstone signal in the same game tick, making leaves useful for instant redstone signal transmission.


Leaves have a 30% chance of increasing the compost level in a composter by 1.

List of colors[edit]

[more information needed]

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Name Namespaced ID
Oak Leaves oak_leaves
Spruce Leaves spruce_leaves
Birch Leaves birch_leaves
Jungle Leaves jungle_leaves
Acacia Leaves acacia_leaves
Dark Oak Leaves dark_oak_leaves

Bedrock Edition:

Name Namespaced ID Numeric ID
Leaves (oak to jungle) leaves 18
Leaves (acacia to dark oak) leaves2 161

Block data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, leaves use the following data values:

DV Description
0 Oak Leaves
1 Spruce Leaves
2 Birch Leaves
3 Jungle Leaves
4 Oak Leaves (no decay)
5 Spruce Leaves (no decay)
6 Birch Leaves (no decay)
7 Jungle Leaves (no decay)
8 Oak Leaves (check decay)
9 Spruce Leaves (check decay)
10 Birch Leaves (check decay)
11 Jungle Leaves (check decay)
12 Oak Leaves (no decay and check decay)
13 Spruce Leaves (no decay and check decay)
14 Birch Leaves (no decay and check decay)
15 Jungle Leaves (no decay and check decay)
Leaves 2
DV Description
0 Acacia Leaves
1 Dark Oak Leaves
4 Acacia Leaves (no decay)
5 Dark Oak Leaves (no decay)
8 Acacia Leaves (check decay)
9 Dark Oak Leaves (check decay)
12 Acacia Leaves (no decay and check decay)
13 Dark Oak Leaves (no decay and check decay)

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
How far away this block is from the appropriate wood type.
If the block will stay regardless of having no wood nearby.


Java Edition Classic
0.0.14aOak Leaves Revision 1.png Leaves were first added to the game.
0.0.15a (Multiplayer Test 1)Oak Leaves Revision 2.png The texture of leaves was changed.
August 25, 2009Demonstrated that leaves will now drop saplings.
0.24_SURVIVAL_TESTAdded the above.[needs testing]
Java Edition Indev
0.3120091223-2Leaves will now give off shadows.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.6_01Leaves will now decay again when not connected to the ground or to a tree trunk.
v1.1.0Torches can no longer be placed on tree leaves, but only in fancy mode.
v1.2.0previewLeaves.png With the addition of biomes, the color of leaves have been changed.
v1.2.1Leaf particle colors will now reflect the biome, instead of the gray scale texture.
v1.2.3Leaf decay has been re-introduced.
v1.2.3_01Leaf decay is now disabled, due to an infinite loop in the code.
Java Edition Beta
1.0Re-introduced leaf decay with the new behavior.
1.2Birch Leaves.png Spruce Leaves.png Birch and spruce trees introduced. Trees pre-dating this update would include multiple types of leaves, as the data indicating leaf type was previously used for decay calculations.
1.6?Many disparities between the properties of leaves in Fast and Fancy graphics have been fixed.
1.7Implemented shears to collect leaves. Before, leaves could only be obtained via inventory editing.
?Leaves no longer appear gray (blank and uncolored, default texture before the application of biome coloration) in the inventory.
1.8?Leaf blocks placed by the player or an enderman no longer decay like normal leaves do.
Java Edition
1.111w48aOak leaves have a small chance of dropping an apple.
1.2.112w03aJungle Leaves.png Added jungle leaves. Oak trees pre-dating Beta 1.2 could include some jungle leaves, as the data indicating leaf type had previously been used for decay calculations.
1.3.112w18aJungle leaves have a small chance of dropping cocoa beans.
12w19aJungle leaves no longer drop cocoa beans.
12w21aWater now slowly drips through them when it's raining.
1.7.213w43aLeaves.png Leaves.png Acacia and dark oak leaves were added.
1.1116w39aLeaves now generate in woodland mansions.
1.1317w47aThe different variant block states for both the leaves and leaves2 IDs have been split up into their own IDs.
Prior to The Flattening, these blocks' numeral IDs were 18 and 161.
18w22aNaturally-generated leaves will now survive at a distance of up to 6 blocks from logs, instead of 4.
1.1418w43aLeaves now have a small chance to drop sticks when decaying.
Oak Leaves TextureUpdate.pngSpruce Leaves TextureUpdate.pngBirch Leaves TextureUpdate.pngJungle Leaves TextureUpdate.pngAcacia Leaves TextureUpdate.pngLeaves.png Changed the textures of all leaves.
19w03aPlacing leaves into the new composter has a 10% chance of raising the compost level by 1.
19w05aLeaves now have a 30% chance of increasing the compost level in a composter by 1.
Pocket Edition Alpha
Pre-releaseAdded leaves.
0.8.0build 2Birch leaves now have the proper texture.
The color of leaves has been changed.
Added jungle leaves to Creative.
0.9.0build 1Added acacia and dark oak leaves.
Jungle leaves can now be obtained in survival mode as part of jungle trees.
Jungle leaves are now permanently opaque.
Smooth lighting added for leaves.
Leaves will now release spiders, creating a higher amount of spiders in tree-rich biomes at night (version exclusive).
0.12.1build 1Version exclusive: Leaves in snowy biomes will now appear frost-covered.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0alpha will now generate in woodland mansions.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta leaves are now transparent on higher-end devices when Fancy leaves are turned on.
1.10.0beta now have a small chance to drop sticks when decaying.
Oak Leaves TextureUpdate.pngSpruce Leaves TextureUpdate.pngBirch Leaves TextureUpdate.pngJungle Leaves TextureUpdate.pngAcacia Leaves TextureUpdate.pngLeaves.png Changed the textures of all leaves.
1.11.0beta can now be used to fill up composters.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 11.0.1Added leaves.
TU5Leaf blocks placed by the player no longer decay like normal leaves do.
TU9Added birch and spruce leaves.
TU12Added jungle leaves.
TU141.04Water drip particles appear underneath if it's raining.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Leaves now have a small chance to drop sticks when decaying.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Added leaves.

Original leaf decay algorithm[edit]

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This feature is exclusive to Java Edition.
Leaves from the 0.0.15a. The leaves from this version don't decay when standing by themselves.

In Alpha, leaves would decay using an algorithm that checks whether it has a solid or leaf block underneath it or is adjacent to a solid block. If it doesn't, it must be connected to a leaf block that is also supported as long as it is no further than five blocks away from said support.


Issues relating to "Leaves" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Occasionally, leaves will grow through other blocks, acting as though they are still connected to the tree. They may also completely replace blocks they try to grow into.
  • Leaves do not prevent chests from being opened.
  • Some trees seem to occasionally drop apples or saplings without being destroyed due to creation of leaf blocks not supported by logs.
  • The frost texture in Bedrock Edition is not an instant transition. Instead, the leaves slowly shift from their original color to the frosty one.
  • Leaves disappear when pushed by pistons.
  • Leaves Z-fight with blocks such as carpet that are placed on top; a bug which Mojang decided not to fix.[2][Bedrock Edition only]



  1. "Block of the Week: Leaves" – Minecraft.net, August 18, 2017
  2. MCPE-31042