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A dark oak tree is a variant of the oak tree with a thick trunk. They are found in the dark forest biome.


Dark oak trees generate with thick 2×2 trunks. Dirt blocks appear under the trunk if generated on a steep cliff. Dark oak trees nearly always generate with irregular logs connected to the trunk – these represent large branches.

Dark oak trees with trunks consisting of 1×1 dark oak logs, instead of 2×2, can be found in two types of rooms in woodland mansions: the tree chopping room, and the nature room. These are not generated elsewhere in the world, and cannot be grown from saplings.


Dark oaks spawn naturally only in the Dark Forest biome. A dark oak always generates with dirt under its trunk, even if it spawns partly or wholly over air or water blocks.

Blocks and items[]

These items can be obtained from all variants of dark oak:


Dark oak saplings can be planted on:

Growing these trees requires four dark oak saplings arranged in a 2×2 grid; they do not grow if planted individually. Dark oak trees grow at a much faster rate than most other trees. They require a 3×3 column of unobstructed space at least 7 blocks above the sapling to grow (8 blocks including the sapling itself). This column is centered on the northwestern sapling. Additionally, dark oak trees require 5×5 layers without obstruction for the top 3 layers of its final height. No horizontal clearance is needed at the base of the tree (saplings planted in a 2×2 hole 1 block deep still grow).

Dying dark oak[]

Dying Trees

The different dying tree types.

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This feature is exclusive to Bedrock Edition and Minecraft Education. 

In Bedrock Edition and Minecraft Education, dark oaks can generate as a dying tree. Dying dark oaks generate naturally, and can be grown from normal saplings.[1][2] A dying dark oak has the standard growth pattern of any other tree, however, all exposed logs in the main trunk are covered with vines.


Java Edition
1.7.213w36aMega spruce trees, dark oak trees, and acacia trees added. These trees borrowed other trees' leaves and wood.
13w43aAcacia and roofed oak now have their own wood, leaves and sapling variants. Note that acacia and roofed oak trees generated prior to this snapshot remain unchanged.
1.7Renamed "roofed oak" to "dark oak".
1.8.2pre4Big oak and dark oak branches no longer replace solid blocks.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.9.0build 1Added jungle trees (small and mega), dark oak trees, acacia trees, mega spruce trees, oak trees (swamp and large oak variants), and version-exclusive fallen and dying trees.
Legacy Console Edition
TU27CU15 1.18 Patch 11.0.1Added dark oak and acacia wood, but without their own leaves or saplings.
TU31CU19 1.22 Patch 3Added dark oak and acacia saplings.


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  • Dark oak is called 'big oak' in the 1.12 client.jar.