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Oak Sapling.pngSpruce Sapling.pngBirch Sapling.pngJungle Sapling.pngAcacia Sapling.pngDark Oak Sapling.png




Blast resistance



Any tool




Yes (64)





Data value

dec: 06 hex: 6 bin: 110


See Data values

A sapling is a non-solid block that can be grown into a tree.


Saplings can be broken using any tool, and will always drop themselves.


When leaves are broken by any tool except shears, they will have a 5% chance of dropping a sapling. Except for jungle leaves, which have a 2.5% chance of dropping a sapling.

The Fortune enchantment increases the rate to 6.25% (2.78% for jungle leaves) at level I, 8.33% (3.125% for jungle leaves) at level II, and 10% (4.17% for jungle leaves) at level III.

Natural generation[edit]

Oak saplings can be found in 25.6% of village blacksmith chests in stacks of 3–7.

In Bedrock Edition all saplings can be found in 16.7% of bonus chests in stacks of 4.

Dark oak saplings generate naturally in a certain room in woodland mansions. They are also found inside a chest in that room.


Growing trees[edit]

See also: Tree

Saplings come in six varieties, one for each kind of tree: oak, birch, spruce, jungle, acacia, and dark oak.

Saplings can grow into trees when placed on dirt, podzol or a grass block. Oak, birch, and (normal) spruce can also grow on farmland, and 2×2 trees only check for dirt or grass under the northwestern-most sapling. The sapling requires a light level of at least 9, and require a certain amount of space around the sapling, based on its type:

  • Oak needs at least 5 spaces above
  • Birch needs at least 6 spaces above
  • Spruce needs at least 7 spaces above when placing a single sapling
    • Giant spruce needs at least 14 spaces above when planted as 4 saplings in a 2×2 square
  • Jungle needs at least 5 spaces above when placing a single sapling
    • Giant jungle needs at least 11 spaces above and 1 space adjacent when planted as 4 saplings in a 2×2 square
  • Acacia needs at least 6 spaces above
  • Dark oak needs at least 7 spaces above and must be planted as 4 saplings in a 2×2 square

Bone meal can be used to speed up the growth of the sapling, and to grow the tree without sufficient light.

Saplings have two growth stages (with no visible difference between them) before growing into trees. When a tree is to be grown, a height is chosen and then the ground and space are checked; if the ground is bad or there is not space for the chosen height, the tree will not grow.

Oak saplings will grow through dirt, replacing it with wood trunks.

Single and giant trees will not grow when they have an adjacent block next to them above ground, including half blocks. Single trees will allow objects to be placed at their diagonals without impeding growth, giant trees will not. Oak trees ignore adjacent blocks and will grow anyway, provided there is enough space above.


Any kind of sapling can be placed in a flower pot.


Saplings can be used as a fuel in furnaces, smelting 0.5 items per sapling.

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Block ID Name
Oak Sapling oak_sapling
Spruce Sapling spruce_sapling
Birch Sapling birch_sapling
Jungle Sapling jungle_sapling
Acacia Sapling acacia_sapling
Dark Oak Sapling dark_oak_sapling

Bedrock Edition:

Block ID Name Numeral ID
Sapling sapling 6

Block data[edit]

See also: Data values

In Bedrock Edition, saplings use the following data values:

Bits Values
A three-bit field storing a value of 0 to 5 specifying the type of sapling:
  • 0: Oak Sapling
  • 1: Spruce Sapling
  • 2: Birch Sapling
  • 3: Jungle Sapling
  • 4: Acacia Sapling
  • 5: Dark Oak Sapling
0x8 Set if sapling is ready to grow into a tree.

Block states[edit]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description
 stage0—1Specifies the sapling's growth stage.


Java Edition Pre-classic
rd-161348 Oak Sapling Revision 1.png Saplings were added to the game.
Java Edition Classic
0.0.11a Oak Sapling Revision 2.png Changed texture from original.
0.0.13a Oak Sapling Revision 1.png The texture was changed back to the original.
0.24 (August 25, 2009) Saplings can grow into trees.
Java Edition Indev
0.31 Oak Sapling Revision 3.png Changed texture.
Java Edition Infdev
April 20, 2010 Saplings can grow into fancy trees instead of the original pattern.
June 7, 2010 Saplings grow into regular trees again.
Java Edition Beta
1.5 Added birch and spruce saplings. Before, trees only dropped oak saplings, regardless of the tree.
Saplings can now be used as fuel in furnaces.
Java Edition
1.1 12w01a Oak Saplings can be found in the new village blacksmith chests.
1.2.1 12w04a Oak Sapling Revision 4.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 Roofed Oak saplings.
1.7-pre Renamed Roofed Oak to Dark Oak.
?Blocks can be replaced with wood by growing dark oak saplings. If pre-existing parts of a dark oak tree exist, the tree may randomly grow downwards, replacing any block in the way with wood.
1.8.2 pre4 Blocks can no longer be replaced using dark oak saplings.
1.11 16w39a Dark oak and birch saplings now generate in woodland mansions.
1.13 17w47a The different type block states for the sapling ID have been split up into their own IDs.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 6.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.2 Added oak, birch and spruce saplings.
0.9.0 build 1 Added jungle, acacia and dark oak saplings.
build 5 Spruce saplings can be used to grow mega spruce trees.
Pocket Edition
1.1 build 1 Dark oak and birch saplings now generate in woodland mansions.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added oak saplings.
TU9Added birch and spruce saplings.
TU12Added jungle saplings.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Added acacia and dark oak saplings.


Issues relating to "Sapling" are maintained on the bug 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 as it pushes the player out of the block.
  • Saplings can grow without the required amount of light if bone meal is used.