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Leaves.pngSpruce Leaves.pngBirch Leaves.pngJungle Leaves.pngLeaves.pngLeaves.png
Leaves (Fast).pngSpruce Leaves (Fast).pngBirch Leaves (Fast).pngJungle Leaves (Fast).pngLeaves (Fast).pngLeaves (Fast).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

See Data values

Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png 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[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 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[edit]

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.

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Name ID name
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 ID name Numeral ID
Leaves (oak to jungle) leaves 18
Leaves (acacia to dark oak) leaves2 161

Block data[edit]

See also: Data values

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]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description
 distance1—7How far away this block is from the appropriate wood type.
 persistentfalseThe block will be checked for decay.
trueThe block will not decay.


Java Edition Classic
0.0.14a Oak 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.
0.24 (August 25, 2009) Leaves will now drop saplings.
Java Edition Indev
0.31 (December 23, 2009, 2) Leaves will now give off shadows.
Java Edition Alpha
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 ?Leaves.png 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.
Java Edition Beta
1.0 Re-introduced leaf decay with the new behavior.
1.2 Birch 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.
1.7 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.
Java Edition
1.1 11w48a Oak leaves have a small chance of dropping an apple.
1.2.1 12w03a Jungle 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.
1.3.1 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 Leaves.png Leaves.png 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 leaves and leaves2 IDs have been split up into their own IDs.
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.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.14 18w43a Leaves now have a small chance to drop sticks.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added leaves.
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.
Pocket Edition
1.1 build 1 Leaves will now generate in woodland mansions.
Bedrock Edition
1.2 build 7 Jungle leaves are now transparent on higher-end devices when Fancy leaves are turned on.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 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.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added Leaves.


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. Leaves were actually added in 0.0.14a, not 0.0.14a_01 (proof); this was likely said due to false information that persisted on the wiki for many years. It is not even known if said version existed.


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