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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 an item 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. Jungle leaves instead 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 26.0% of village blacksmith chests in stacks of 3–7.

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 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]

A sapling has the ID name minecraft:sapling and is further defined by its block data or block state.[until 1.13]

Name 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 dar_oak_sapling
[upcoming 1.13]

Block data[edit]

See also: 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.
[until 1.13]

Block state[edit]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description

0 or 1Specifies the sapling's growth stage.

 type[until 1.13]
Oak Sapling
Spruce Sapling
Birch Sapling
Jungle Sapling
Acacia Sapling
Dark Oak Sapling


rd-161348 SaplingClassic0.0.13a.png Saplings were added to the game.
0.0.11a SaplingClassic0.0.11a.png Changed texture.
0.0.13a SaplingClassic0.0.13a.png The texture was changed back to the original.
0.24_06 Saplings can grow into trees.
0.31 Sapling Indev.png Changed texture.
April 20, 2010 Saplings can grow into fancy trees instead of the original pattern.
June 7, 2010 Saplings grow into regular trees again.
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.
Official release
1.1 Oak Saplings can be found in the new village blacksmith chests.
1.2.1 12w04a Grid Oak Sapling.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 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.
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 issue 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.


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