Partial (diffuses sky light)
See Data values
|“||Leaves were one of Minecraft's earliest additions, arriving alongside logs, ores and sand way back in 2009 in version 0.0.14a_01.[notes 1] 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|
|Breaking time[note 1]|
- Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.
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 usually drop nothing, but yield saplings 5% (1/20) of the time. Jungle leaves drop saplings 2.5% (1/40) of the time. Oak and dark oak leaves also have a 0.5% (1/200) chance of dropping an apple. 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.
Original leaf decay algorithm
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.
Dark Oak Leaves
|Name||ID name||Numeral ID|
Leaves (oak to jungle)
Leaves (acacia to dark oak)
- See also: Data values
In Bedrock Edition, leaves use the following data values:
|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
|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)|
- See also: Block states
||The block will not decay.|
||The block will be checked for decay.|
||How far away this block is from the appropriate wood type.|
|0.0.14a||Leaves were first added to the game.|
|0.0.15a (Multiplayer Test 1)||The texture of leaves was changed.|
|0.24 (August 25, 2009)||Leaves will now drop saplings.|
|0.31 (December 23, 2009, 2)||Leaves will now give off shadows.|
|v1.0.6_01||Leaves will now decay again when not connected to the ground or to a tree trunk.|
|v1.1.0||Torches can no longer be placed on tree leaves, but only in fancy mode.|
|v1.2.0||?||With the addition of biomes, the color of leaves have been changed.|
|v1.2.1||Leaf particle colors will now reflect the biome, instead of the gray scale texture.|
|v1.2.3||Leaf decay has been re-introduced.|
|v1.2.3_01||Leaf decay is now disabled, due to an infinite loop in the code.|
|1.0||Re-introduced leaf decay with the new behavior.|
|1.2||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.|
|1.7||Implemented 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.|
|1.1||11w48a||Oak leaves have a small chance of dropping an apple.|
|1.2.1||12w03a||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.|
|1.3.1||12w18a||Jungle leaves have a small chance of dropping cocoa beans.|
|12w19a||Jungle leaves no longer drop cocoa beans.|
|12w21a||Water now slowly drips through them when it's raining.|
|1.7.2||13w43a||Acacia and dark oak leaves were added.|
|1.11||16w39a||Leaves now generate in woodland mansions.|
|1.13||17w47a||The different variant block states for both the
|Prior to The Flattening, these blocks' numeral IDs were 18 and 161.|
|18w22a||Naturally-generated leaves will now survive at a distance of up to 6 blocks from logs, instead of 4.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.8.0||build 2||Birch leaves now have the proper texture.|
|The color of leaves has been changed.|
|Added jungle leaves to Creative.|
|0.9.0||build 1||Added 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).|
|0.12.1||build 1||Version exclusive: Leaves in snowy biomes will now appear frost-covered.|
|1.1||build 1||Leaves will now generate in woodland mansions.|
|1.2||build 7||Jungle leaves are now transparent on higher-end devices when Fancy leaves are turned on.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added leaves.|
|TU5||Leaf blocks placed by the player no longer decay like normal leaves do.|
|TU9||Added birch and spruce leaves.|
|TU12||Added jungle leaves.|
|TU14||1.04||Water drip particles appear underneath if it's raining.|
- 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 Minecraft: 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.[Bedrock Edition only]
- Leaves can send impulses to observers.
- "Block of the Week: Leaves" – Minecraft.net, August 18, 2017