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Hanging roots are a natural decorative block found underground in the lush caves biome.


Azalea Tree with Roots

The hanging roots generated along with the azalea tree.


Hanging roots can be destroyed with any tool or by hand instantly, but can only be collected using shears. In Bedrock Edition, any Silk Touch tool also works.

Block Hanging roots
Hardness 0
Breaking time (secs)
Default 0.05
Shears 0.05

Natural generation[]

Hanging roots can generate inside a lush cave beneath an azalea tree on the surface above.


Using bone meal on rooted dirt causes hanging roots to grow below the block.

Hanging roots may be obtained by using a hoe on rooted dirt, transforming the rooted dirt into normal dirt in the process.


They can only be placed on the underside of a block.


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


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.hanging_roots.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.hanging_roots.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.hanging_roots.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
None[sound 1]Entity-DependentFalling on the block with fall damageblock.hanging_roots.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
FootstepsEntity-DependentWalking on the blockblock.hanging_roots.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksOnce the block has brokenbreak.hanging_roots1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhen the block is placedplace.hanging_roots1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.hanging_roots0.350.5
PlayersFalling on the block with fall damagefall.hanging_roots0.41.0
PlayersWalking on the blockstep.hanging_roots0.171.0
PlayersJumping from the blockjump.hanging_roots0.121.0
PlayersFalling on the block without fall damageland.hanging_roots0.141.0

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormTranslation key
Hanging Rootshanging_rootsBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.hanging_roots

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Hanging Rootshanging_roots574Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.hanging_roots.name
  1. ID of block's direct item form, which is used in savegame files and addons.
  2. Available with /give command.
  3. The block's direct item form has the same id as the block.


October 3, 2020Hanging Roots JE1 Hanging roots are shown unnamed as part of lush caves at Minecraft Live 2020.
Java Edition
1.1721w05aHanging Roots (texture) JE1 Hanging Roots JE1 Added hanging roots.
February 5, 2021Hanging Roots (pre-release) JAPPA tweets an image of an alternate hanging roots texture.
February 9, 2021Hanging Roots JE2 JAPPA tweets an image of new hanging roots texture.
1.1721w06aHanging Roots (texture) JE2 Hanging Roots JE2 The texture of hanging roots has been updated.
21w10aHanging roots can now generate in the lush caves.
21w11aHanging roots now generate when bone meal is used on rooted dirt, making them renewable.
Hanging roots now renders randomly offset.
Removing the support block for it no longer allows it to float.
21w17aHanging roots can now be waterlogged.
Ginormous roots
Hanging roots items now appear far larger than other items.[1]
21w20aHanging roots can now be obtained by using a hoe on rooted dirt.
1.17.1Pre-release 1Hanging roots items are now properly sized.
Bedrock Edition
Caves & Cliffs (experimental)beta Roots (texture) JE2 Hanging Roots JE2 Added hanging roots.
1.17.0beta now be composted.
beta roots are no longer available only through Experimental Gameplay.
1.19.20beta roots can now be destroyed by ravagers.


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