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I found a jungle biome in my new Minecraft world, but I'm afraid of cutting down the big trees (the ones that are 2 squares wide and long), because I don't know if I can replant them.

So is it possible to grow new ones with saplings or to spawn them in any other way?

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Planting a single jungle sapling will create on of the small jungle trees.

A single jungle saplingA small jungle tree

Placing a group of 4 jungle saplings in a square (and using bonemeal) will make a large jungle tree. I'm not sure if the bone meal is required, or just speeds it up.

4 jungle saplingsA large jungle tree

Apparently not all the saplings need to be jungle saplings, just the one you use bone meal on.
This was patched in MineCraft 1.2.4, and no longer works; all 4 saplings need to be jungle saplings.

Mixed group of saplingsIt still creates a large tree

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Confirmed in creative that this does work, kewl! :) –  James Mar 1 '12 at 19:11
    
It is not required to use bonemeal to grow the tree. –  Thorsal Sep 4 '13 at 15:19

Yes, big trees are random but any sapling can be forced to (eventually) create a big tree:

If a sapling is surrounded by a 2 block tall tube it guarantees that it will, eventually, grow into a big tree. The tube forces the small tree growth to always fail each attempt. However, this takes far longer to produce a mature tree, due to the low chance that a sapling will try to grow into a big tree.

From Wiki.

Although remember that trees are just generated structures. You can harvest leaves with shears and make your own giant trees!

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This description on the Wiki was written for the classic "oak"/"apple" trees, not jungle trees (it also does not apply to birch/pine trees). This should not be assumed to be the case for jungle trees until someone has done the experiment. –  Kevin Reid Mar 1 '12 at 21:24

For completeness, there is another way to create an arbitrarily tall skinny tree:

  1. From the ground, create one block tower of wood from the tree that you are trying to grow (for example, birch wood for a birch sapling).

  2. When you've reached the approximate desired height of your tree, place a block of dirt atop your tower.

  3. Place the sapling in the dirt.

  4. Apply bonemeal to the sapling.

  5. Replace the dirt block with a wood block.

Ta da! You've created the equivalent of a truffula tree!

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