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Sapling
Oak Sapling JE5 BE2.pngSpruce Sapling JE2 BE2.pngBirch Sapling JE2 BE2.pngJungle Sapling JE2 BE2.pngAcacia Sapling JE2 BE2.pngDark Oak Sapling JE2 BE2.png
Transparent

Yes

Luminance

0

Blast resistance

0

Tool

Any tool

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

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

Obtaining[edit]

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

Natural generation[edit]

Spruce

Potted spruce saplings generate in taiga and snowy taiga village mason houses.

Birch

Potted birch saplings generate in some room in woodland mansion.

Dark oak

58 Dark oak saplings generate naturally in a "sapling farm room" in woodland mansions. 28 dark oak saplings are also found inside a chest in that room.

Acacia

Acacia saplings generate in savanna village libraries.

Leaves[edit]

When leaves are broken by any tool except shears, they 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.

Chest loot[edit]

Oak saplings can be found in 48.2% of plains village house chests in stacks of 1–2, and in 25.6% of village weaponsmith chests in stacks of 3–7.

In Bedrock Edition, they can be found in 14.3% of bonus chests in stacks of 4, and in 26.3% of village cartographer chests in stacks of 1–2. Spruce saplings can be found in 40.6% of taiga village house chests in stacks of 1–5.

In Bedrock Edition, they can be found in 14.3% of bonus chests in stacks of 4, and in 43.7% of taiga village house chests in stacks of 1–5. Acacia saplings can be found in 71.7% of savanna village house chests in stacks of 1–2.

In Bedrock Edition, they can be found in 14.3% of bonus chests in stacks of 4. In Bedrock Edition, dark oak saplings can be found in 14.3% of bonus chests in stacks of 4.

Trading[edit]

Each type of sapling is sold by the wandering trader for 5 emeralds.

Usage[edit]

Growing trees[edit]

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

Tree 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 does not grow. Bone meal can be used to speed up the growth of the sapling, and to grow the tree without sufficient light.

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

  • Oak needs at least 5 spaces above (3×3 column) to grow normally. If a block is present in the growth space (but not directly above the sapling), the tree still grows, but is forced to grow a large variant.
  • Birch needs at least 6 spaces above (3×3 column).
  • Spruce needs at least 7 spaces above (5×5 column) when placing a single sapling.
    • Giant spruce needs at least 14 spaces above (6x6 column) when planted as 4 saplings in a 2×2 square. Also requires the 4x4 area centered on the saplings at the same level to be empty.
  • Jungle needs at least 5 spaces above (3×3 column) when placing a single sapling.
    • Giant jungle needs at least 11 spaces above (6x6 column) when planted as 4 saplings in a 2×2 square. Also requires the 4x4 area centered on the saplings at the same level to be empty.
  • Acacia needs at least 6 spaces above (5×5 column).
  • Dark oak needs at least 7 spaces above (4×4 column) and must be planted as 4 saplings in a 2×2 square.

Except for giant jungle and giant spruce (as noted above), sapling growth is not affected by nearby blocks on the same level as the sapling(s).

Dirt blocks in the space above the sapling are an exception. Dirt blocks do not stop the sapling from growing. For most tree types, including giant versions, the dirt remains in place and the rest of the tree generates normally around it (it is possible to grow a tree that contains only one log block at the original sapling location, with a column of dirt above where the rest of the trunk should be and leaves spreading out from it). For the large variant of oak trees, the dirt blocks are replaced with log blocks wherever they would normally occur. In Java Edition, all types of log block and wood block and their stripped versions are also treated like dirt blocks (they don't stop growth). In Bedrock Edition, log and wood blocks are treated like other block types and stop the sapling from growing if they are above it.

Bee nests[edit]

Oak and birch trees grown from saplings that are within 2 blocks of any flower have a 5% chance to grow with bee nest and 1-3 bees in it.‌[Java Edition only][upcoming: BE 1.15.0]

Decoration[edit]

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

Fuel[edit]

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

Composting[edit]

Placing saplings into a composter has a 30% chance of raising the compost level by 1.

Sounds[edit]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDSubtitle keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.grass.break subtitles.block.generic.break 1.00.816
NoneBlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.grass.fall None 0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.grass.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit 0.250.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.grass.place subtitles.block.generic.place 1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.grass.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps 0.151.016

Bedrock Edition:

SoundDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
?Breaking the blockdig.grass ? 0.8
?Falling on the block with fall damagefall.grass ? ?
?Mining the blockhit.grass ? 0.5
?Jumping from the blockjump.grass ? ?
?Falling on the block without fall damageland.grass ? ?
?Walking on the blockstep.grass ? ?
?Placing the blockuse.grass ? 0.8

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Oak Saplingoak_sapling block.minecraft.oak_sapling
Spruce Saplingspruce_sapling block.minecraft.spruce_sapling
Birch Saplingbirch_sapling block.minecraft.birch_sapling
Jungle Saplingjungle_sapling block.minecraft.jungle_sapling
Acacia Saplingacacia_sapling block.minecraft.acacia_sapling
Dark Oak Saplingdark_oak_sapling block.minecraft.dark_oak_sapling

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric IDTranslation key
Saplingsapling 6?

Block data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, saplings use the following data values:

Bits Values
0x1
0x2
0x4
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]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
stage00
1
Specifies the sapling's growth stage.

Bedrock Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
age_bitfalsefalse
true
Specifies the sapling's growth stage.
sapling_typeoak acaciaAcacia Sapling
birchBirch Sapling
dark_oakDark Oak Sapling
jungleJungle Sapling
oakOak Sapling
spruceSpruce Sapling

History[edit]

Java Edition pre-Classic
rd-161348Oak Sapling JE1.png Added saplings.
Java Edition Classic
0.0.13aOak Sapling JE2.png The texture of saplings has now been changed.
August 25, 2009Notch showed saplings growing into trees.
0.24_SURVIVAL_TESTAdded tree growth.[needs testing]
Java Edition Indev
0.31Oak Sapling JE3.png The texture of saplings has now been changed.
Java Edition Infdev
20100420Saplings can now grow into fancy trees instead of the original pattern.
20100607Saplings grow into regular trees again.
Java Edition Beta
1.5Birch Sapling JE1 BE1.png Spruce Sapling JE1 BE1.png Added birch and spruce saplings. Before, trees dropped only oak saplings, regardless of the tree.
Saplings can now be used as fuel in furnaces.
Java Edition
1.112w01aOak saplings can now be found in the new village blacksmith chests.
1.2.112w04aOak Sapling JE4 BE1.png The texture of oak saplings has now been changed.
Jungle Sapling JE1 BE1.png Added jungle saplings.
1.3.112w17aSaplings now have names based on their type of tree.
1.4.212w34aThe ability to place saplings in flower pots has now been added.
1.7.213w43aAcacia Sapling JE1 BE1.png Dark Oak Sapling JE1 BE1.png Added acacia and roofed oak saplings.
1.7-pre"Roofed Oak Sapling" has now been renamed to "Dark Oak Sapling".
?Blocks can now be replaced with wood by growing dark oak saplings. If pre-existing parts of a dark oak tree exist, the tree may randomly grow downward, replacing any block in the way with wood.
1.8.2pre4Blocks can no longer be replaced using dark oak saplings.
1.1116w39aDark oak and birch saplings now generate in woodland mansions.
1.1317w47aThe different type block states for the sapling ID have now been split up into their own IDs.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 6.
1.1418w43aOak Sapling JE5 BE2.png Birch Sapling JE2 BE2.png Spruce Sapling JE2 BE2.png Jungle Sapling JE2 BE2.png Acacia Sapling JE2 BE2.png Dark Oak Sapling JE2 BE2.png The textures of all saplings have now been changed.
19w03aPlacing a sapling into the new composter block has a 10% chance of raising the compost level by 1.
19w05aSaplings now have a 30% chance of increasing the compost level in a composter by 1.
1.1519w34aBee nests were added, which have a chance to generate on trees grown from saplings.[more information needed]
19w35aBee nests can no longer generate on trees grown from saplings.
1.15.2Pre-Release 1Oak and birch saplings grown within 2 blocks of a flower on the same y-level have a 5% chance to have a bee nest.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.2Oak Sapling JE4 BE1.png Birch Sapling JE1 BE1.png Spruce Sapling JE1 BE1.png Added oak, birch and spruce saplings.
0.9.0build 1Jungle Sapling JE1 BE1.png Acacia Sapling JE1 BE1.png Dark Oak Sapling JE1 BE1.png Added jungle, acacia and dark oak saplings.
build 5Spruce saplings can now be used to grow mega spruce trees.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.0Dark oak and birch saplings now generate in woodland mansions.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta 1.2.0.2Saplings can now be found in bonus chests.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Saplings can now be bought from wandering traders.
Potted spruce saplings can now be found in taiga and snowy taiga village mason houses.
Acacia saplings now generate in some savanna village houses.
Oak Sapling JE5 BE2.png Birch Sapling JE2 BE2.png Spruce Sapling JE2 BE2.png Jungle Sapling JE2 BE2.png Acacia Sapling JE2 BE2.png Dark Oak Sapling JE2 BE2.png The textures of all saplings have now been changed.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.1Oak saplings can now be found in village cartographer and plains village house chests.
Acacia saplings can now be found in savanna village house chests.
Spruce saplings can now be found in taiga and snowy taiga village house chests.
Saplings can now be used to fill up composters.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.15.0beta 1.15.0.51Oak and birch saplings grown within 2 blocks of a flower on the same y-level have a 5% chance to have a bee nest.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Oak Sapling JE4 BE1.png Added oak saplings.
TU9Birch Sapling JE1 BE1.png Spruce Sapling JE1 BE1.png Added birch and spruce saplings.
TU12Jungle Sapling JE1 BE1.png Added jungle saplings.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Acacia Sapling JE1 BE1.png Dark Oak Sapling JE1 BE1.png Added acacia and dark oak saplings.
1.90Oak Sapling JE5 BE2.png Birch Sapling JE2 BE2.png Spruce Sapling JE2 BE2.png Jungle Sapling JE2 BE2.png Acacia Sapling JE2 BE2.png Dark Oak Sapling JE2 BE2.png The textures of all saplings have now been changed.

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • If the player stands on the same block as a placed tree sapling, the tree still grows over the player, causing suffocation as it pushes the player out of the block.
  • Saplings can grow without the required amount of light if bone meal is used.

Gallery[edit]