If you've played Minecraft in the early beta versions, and then updated to beta 1.8+ you might have noticed that the trees looked pretty different. Here is an example of a pre beta-1.8 tree:


Now here's a picture of a beta-1.8+ tree:

(source: weebly.com)

In the beta-1.8+ picture of a tree, you might notice that the more leaf blocks you have surrounding one leaf block, the surrounded leaf block will be darker. Personally, I'm not a big fan of this, which is why I'm asking if there is anyway to get rid of it. So, is there anyway to get rid of it?

Also, I'm not completely sure if it was beta 1.8 when these tree changes took place, after all, it was two+ years ago. If I did get this wrong, and it was added In a later update, please do tell.

  • Also, I'm not very good a formatting questions, so feel free to edit my question if neccesary. May 9, 2014 at 9:42
  • I took the liberty of fixing your broken images. (Pending peer review). But isn't that just a different type of tree? Perhaps there's something my eye is not catching. May 9, 2014 at 10:03
  • @Hello_World All I noticed is that prior to beta 1.8, if you surrounded a leaf block with others leaves, nothing happens. In beta 1.8+ if you surround a leaf block with other leaves, the leaf in the center gets darker than the surrounding leaf blocks. May 9, 2014 at 10:22
  • 2
    Wild guess, but try turning smooth lighting off. If that doesn't work: you might very well be out of luck, since the lighting engine in he game has changed quite a bit since back then.
    – Arperum
    May 9, 2014 at 10:51
  • 2
    Leaves do reduce the light that shines through them. There is also the fact that you compare small, round, bright tree to a large, tiered, spruce tree in a blueish-hue biome. Try looking at a small oak in Plains, and see if it fixes the impression.
    – Orc JMR
    May 9, 2014 at 11:33

1 Answer 1


The lighting engine changed in 1.8. There is no way to revert this, other than reverting your entire game to Beta 1.7.3.

  • Or using mods who basically undo the change.
    – Arperum
    Jun 16, 2014 at 11:57

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .