How to Grow Mangrove Trees in Minecraft
Mangrove Trees are an absolutely unique type of tree that can be found in the overworld in Minecraft.
Having the second warmest wood color (vermillion) after Crimson Wood from the Nether, they are also unique in their shape and properties, being very different from other Minecraft trees.
Because of their lovely color and unique look, you will want to know how to grow your very own Mangrove Trees.
Where to Find Mangrove Trees
Mangrove Trees can only be found in the Mangrove Swamp biomes. They do not naturally generate in regular Swamp Biomes, like many would believe.
The Mangrove Swamp is considered a lush or temperate climate Biome. It is full of Water, Mud, and Frogs.
The Frogs and Mud are entirely unique to the Mangrove Swamp Biome and they cannot be found in any other biome in the game.
Frogs can be bred into different colors and be used to create Froglights.
The Mangrove Swamp is an uncommon Biome and will usually generate next or close to a Jungle and Desert biome due to their warm climate. No trees other than Mangroves grow here and they create very dense foliage.
Mangrove Trees Specifications
Mangrove Trees have unique Leaves and a very unique trunk shape. While most Trees grow straight into the air (with the exception of large Oak Trees), Mangrove Trees spread out both with their canopy and at their base.
The base of a Mangrove Tree is made out of Mangrove Logs, Muddy Mangrove Roots, Mangrove Roots, and Mangrove Leaves. The Roots are solid, but you can see through them.
The Roots will obstruct flowing Water, however they will not destroy a Water Source block when placed into one.
The trees will also be covered in Vines and Moss Carpets. The Vines have a unique green tint to them, unlike in Swamp or Jungle Biomes.
The trees will greatly vary in height and width with their canopies and Roots. Even if a Mangrove Trees spawns above ground its Roots will grow down until they touch solid ground, be it Dirt, Sand, or other.
They have a chance to spawn with a naturally generated Bee Nest in their canopy, even when grown manually.
Growing Mangrove Trees
Other Trees you have to chop down and break their Leaves in order to get their Saplings to drop. Then you plant those and leave them to grow.
Luckily, with Mangrove Trees chopping will not always be necessary.
Most Mangrove Trees have a small little ‘bud’ that can be seen hanging off of them or on their Leaves. These are Mangrove Propagules. To break them simply hit them with your hand or any Tool.
These can also be gathered when destroying Mangrove Leaves. Apples do not drop from Mangrove Leaves.
To grow the Mangroves plant the Propagule on any of the following blocks, above Water:
- Rooted and Coarse Dirt
- Grass Block
- Moss Block
- Clay Block
The Propagule will need at least 6 blocks of free space directly above it in order for the tree to grow. The overall height of the tree will completely depend on how far its Roots can spread horizontally around it.
Because of this, making a Mangrove Tree farm can be a little difficult as Mangrove trees can greatly vary in size and height. Their Roots can easily overlap with another nearby trees.
The biggest Mangrove Tree I managed to grow was over 20 blocks tall and spread out 8×10 blocks with its Roots. However, some can grow extremely small in comparison, only being 8 blocks tall.
The standard spread of Mangrove roots seems to be between 8 and 10 blocks, while the canopy spreads a bit wider, around 10 blocks or more.
To stop them from growing too big you can put solid blocks around the tree to prevent it from spreading too far. Just make sure there is at least 6 blocks of space above the Propagule for it to grow.
You can grow them faster by using Bone Meal on them by right clicking. If there is enough space, it takes only a few clicks.
Some Mud Blocks that are below or above the tree can be turned in Muddy Mangrove Roots once the Tree grows. Muddy Mangrove Roots cannot be used to make Mud Bricks like regular Mud can.
Be careful to not accidentally click on the Moss Blocks when using Bone Meal for growing, unless you wish for the area to be swallowed in Moss.