Hanging Roots

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This article describes content that may be included in Java Edition and Bedrock Edition. 
This content has appeared in Java Edition 1.17 and Bedrock Edition 1.17.0 development versions, but the full update containing it has not been released yet.
This content is present in the latest complete version of Bedrock Edition, but only accessible in beta versions without add-ons.
Hanging Roots
Hanging Roots JE2 BE1.png
Rarity color





Yes (64)


Blast resistance










Catches fire from lava


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


The hanging roots generated along with the Azalea tree.

Hanging roots can generate inside a lush cave beneath an azalea tree on the surface above. Using bonemeal on rooted dirt causes hanging roots to grow below the block.

In Bedrock Edition, hanging roots may be obtained by using a hoe on rooted dirt, transforming the rooted dirt into normal dirt in the process.


Hanging roots can be destroyed with any tool or by hand instantly, but using shears is the only way to collect the block.[verify]

Block Hanging roots
Hardness 0.1
Breaking time
Default 0.5
Shears 0.15


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.


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Please update this section to reflect recent updates or newly available information.
Reason: Break 4 fixed in 21w19a

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has broken[sound 1]block.hanging_roots.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break??16
None[sound 2]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.hanging_roots.fallNone[sound 2]??16
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.hanging_roots.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit??16
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.hanging_roots.placesubtitles.block.generic.place??16
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.hanging_roots.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps??16
  1. Fourth sound uses break3 instead of break4. (see bug MC-214283)
  2. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:[more information needed]

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDFormTranslation key
Hanging Rootshanging_rootsBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.hanging_roots

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Hanging Rootshanging_roots574Block & Itemtile.hanging_roots.name


October 3, 2020Hanging Roots JE1.png Hanging Roots are shown unnamed as part of lush caves at Minecraft Live 2020.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1721w05aHanging Roots (texture) JE1.png Hanging Roots JE1.png Added Hanging Roots.
February 5, 2021Hanging Roots (pre-release).png JAPPA tweets an image of an alternate hanging roots texture.
February 9, 2021Hanging Roots JE2 BE1.png JAPPA tweets an image of new hanging roots texture.
1.1721w06aHanging Roots (texture) JE2.png Hanging Roots JE2 BE1.png The texture for 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.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.220beta Roots (texture) JE2.png Hanging Roots JE2 BE1.png Added Hanging roots.
releaseHanging roots have been made inaccessible in the full release.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.230beta now be composted.
1.17.0beta roots are no longer available only through Experimental Gameplay.


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