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Oak
Oak JE12.pngOak Tree with Bee nest.pngBalloon Oak Tree.pngLarge Oak Tree.pngSwamp Tree.pngPlains Meeting Point 3 Tree.png
Oak Sapling JE5 BE3.pngOak Sapling JE5 BE3.pngOak Sapling JE5 BE3.pngOak Sapling JE5 BE3.png

Biomes

Bamboo Jungle (fancy oak)
Dark Forest
Forest
Jungle (fancy oak)
Jungle Edge (fancy oak)
Plains
River
Savanna
Swamp (swamp oak) Wooded Badlands Plateau (normal oak)
Wooded Mountains

Grows on

Dirt, Grass Block, Coarse Dirt, Podzol, Mycelium

Fruit

Apple

Consists of
Can generate in
existing chunks

Yes

An oak is the most common tree in the game, found in a variety of biomes, available in several variants. It has the smallest initial space requirement for growth, and along with dark oak trees, it can drop an apple when a leaf block is destroyed. As with birch trees, an oak tree grown near flowers can generate with a bee nest attached.

Variants[]

Oaks come in several variants with different properties:

  1. Small regular oaks are the most common. The leaves are arranged the same as the birch leaf arrangement.
  2. Large or "fancy" trees are less common and have a distinct look and different growth requirements. They often have branches, outgrowths of logs on the sides of the trunk, or even freestanding and surrounded by leaves. The sapling requires 4–14 blocks of open space directly above to grow (air or leaves only) but can otherwise be completely enclosed on all sides.
    • A fancy tree form exists with a single leaf block layer above the minimal 4-block trunk, rarely allowing a tree to grow in a vertical space with a height of only 5, but otherwise the maximum trunk height is 2 less than the vertical space, making the practical minimum height 6.
    • A tree can be forced into a fancy configuration if a "brace" of non-solid blocks (e.g. glass or slabs) is placed around where the trunk would be, one block off the ground.
    • A rare variant is colloquially known as a "balloon" oak. This is a fancy oak generated with the smallest size possible. It consists of a tall trunk and leaves that form a spherical shape, similar to a balloon. These oaks can grow around an obstructing block. They usually contain 4 blocks of logs, but some may contain more.
  3. In swamp biomes, naturally occurring oaks tend to grow in the water. Unlike trees in other biomes, which typically have a slightly conical or pointed canopy, all swamp oaks have round, flat-topped canopies. Also unlike other oaks, these have a broad range of foliage. They tend to be covered in vines that trail down to the ground.

    Meeting point 3 in plains village.

  4. An oak tree with a unique arrangement of leaves is generated at meeting point 3, in plains villages. This leaf arrangement is not found elsewhere naturally, and it cannot be grown from a sapling.

Generation[]

The oak tree variants spawn naturally in the indicated biomes:

Biome Oak JE12.png Oak Balloon Oak Tree.png Fancy Oak Swamp Tree.png Swamp
Bamboo Jungle
Dark Forest
Forest
Jungle
Jungle Edge
Plains
River
Savanna
Swamp
Wooded Badlands Plateau
Wooded Mountains

Blocks and items[]

These items can be obtained from all variants of oak:

Planting[]

Oak saplings can be planted and grown on all of these blocks:

An oak tree requires a 1×1 column of unobstructed space at least 4 blocks above the sapling to grow (5 blocks including the sapling itself). Oak trees can still grow when the base and trunk are enclosed on all sides. Their growth is not hindered by logs, leaves, dirt, and saplings.

An oak tree grown from a sapling within 2 blocks of a flower has a 5% chance of having a bee nest containing 2 bees.

Other variant oaks[]

Information icon.svg
This feature is exclusive to Bedrock Edition and Education Edition. 

In Bedrock and Education editions, trees can generate as one of the two following variants of the normal tree. Both of these generate naturally, and can be grown out of normal saplings.[1][2]

The different dying tree types.

A fallen oak log.

Dying oak[]

A dying oak has the standard growth pattern of any other tree, however, all exposed logs in the main trunk are covered with vines. They can generate as regular or small oak trees.

Fallen oak log[]

These trees consist of a single upright log, or stump. Logs lying on their side are often found 1–2 blocks from the stump. They occasionally have mushrooms on top.

A fallen oak has a log length of 4–7 blocks, and the stump is 75% covered with vines.

History[]

Java Edition Classic
0.0.14aOak JE1.png Added oaks.
0.0.14a_04Oak JE2.png The shape of oak has been changed.
0.0.15a (Multiplayer Test 1)Oak JE3.png The shape of oak has been changed.
Java Edition Indev
0.3120091223-1Oak JE4.png Lighting changes. Leaves now diffuse sky light, causing the shadows they cast under trees.
20100109Oak JE5.png Lighting changes.
Java Edition Infdev
20100227-1Trees temporarily removed to test basic infinite world functionality.
20100320Re-added trees.
20100327Trees regenerate after the world is reloaded.
20100330Trees no longer regenerate.
20100413New larger trees implemented, using parts of Paul Spooner's Forester editor script.[3][4]
20100420These new trees can be grown with saplings.
20100607Reverted back to old tree code.
20100617-1Oak (fast) JE1.png Leaves now use opaque texture when "Graphics: Fast" is set in options.
Oak JE6.png Trees no longer have logs inside of leaves.
20100618Oak JE5.png Trees now have logs inside of leaves, once again.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0previewOak JE7.png Oak (fast) JE2.png With the addition of biomes, the color of leaves have been changed.
Java Edition Beta
1.2Oak trees no longer generate in Taigas.
1.3Oak JE8.png Oak (fast) JE3.png Added smooth lighting.
1.5Birch and spruce trees can now be grown using saplings. Old saplings either stayed as an oak sapling or became either a birch or spruce sapling.
1.8Pre-releaseThe Swampland biome was added, with a new swamp tree (made of the same blocks as oak trees), which are of more uniform size and have vines growing on them. There is no way to grow these trees; oak saplings grow normal oak trees. A bush-shaped variety of oak tree was removed.
Oak JE9.png Oak (fast) JE4.png Lighting changes.
Java Edition
1.3.2preLarge oak trees now generate with sideways logs.
1.7.213w36aLarge oak trees no longer naturally generate in forest biomes. Jeb explained it was due to issues in the large tree generator code that caused severe performance issues.[5]
1.814w25aOak (fast) JE5.png The model of oak leaves when "Graphics: Fast" is set in options has been changed.
14w25bOak (fast) JE6.png The model of oak leaves when "Graphics: Fast" is set in options has been changed, once again.[6]
1.8.2pre4Big oak and dark oak branches no longer replace solid blocks.
1.915w44aLarge oak trees now generate in forest biomes again, thanks to an FPS fix provided by Spooner.[7]
1.1418w43aOak JE10.png Oak (fast) JE7.png The textures of oak leaves and logs have been changed.
18w47aOak JE11.png Oak (fast) JE8.png The textures of oak logs have been changed.
18w47bOak JE12.png Oak (fast) JE8.png The textures of oak logs have been changed, once again.
Pocket Edition Alpha
Pre-releaseOak BE1.png Added oaks. Leaves tinted with
 #339933
.
v0.1.0Oak (fast) BE1.png Leaves now use opaque texture when "Graphics: Fast" is set in options.
v0.2.1Oak BE2.png Oak (fast) BE2.png Replaced oak logs with spruce logs.
v0.2.1 alpha2Oak BE3.png Oak (fast) BE3.png The texture of oak leaves has been changed.
v0.3.2Oak BE4.png Oak (fast) BE4.png The tint of oak leaves has been changed to
 #48b518
.
v0.3.3Oak BE5.png Oak (fast) BE5.png Lighting changes.
v0.4.0Oak BE6.png Oak (fast) BE6.png Replaced spruce logs with oak logs.
v0.7.0Oak BE7.png Oak (fast) BE7.png Added smooth lighting.
v0.8.0build 232px 32px The textures and models of oak leaves have been changed.
v0.9.0build 1Added fancy oak, swamp trees, and version-exclusive fallen and dying trees.
32px 32px The models of oak leaves now have randomly rotated textures. The texture of oak leaves now tinted with biome colors.
Cold-en oak trees (spruce trees shaped like oak trees) no longer generate.
v0.12.1build 132px 32px Leaves in snowy biomes now gradually become frost-covered during snowfall.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.332px 32px The textures of oak leaves and logs have been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.00 Patch 11.0.1Added oak, spruce, and birch trees.
TU12Added jungle trees.
TU27CU15 1.18 Added dark oak and acacia wood, but without their own leaves or saplings.
TU31CU19 1.22 Patch 3Added dark oak and acacia saplings.

Issues[]

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

Trivia[]

  • In real life, oak is a genus of tree known as Quercus.

Gallery[]

Odd generation[]

References[]

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