I can't figure out why these trees aren't growing. They have been planted for a VERY long time. There is sufficient light. They have enough space around and above them. I've dumped a whole stack of bonemeal and they still don't grow.

Any ideas?



  • How long is "VERY long"? A tree, in rare cases, can take hours to grow. Also note that they won't try to grow whilst you're not near.
    – SirBenet
    May 25, 2014 at 21:05
  • @colorfusion correct me if I'm wrong, but the time becomes irrelevant if the asker has used a lot of bonemeal already.
    – Schism
    May 25, 2014 at 21:09
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    @Schism Time and bonemeal increase the same growth stage counter I believe, so if user77323 has shared the 64 bonemeal between a lot of saplings (I can see at least 6 on the image) and then just waited 20 minutes, it's possible that some will not have grown. I've looked through the wiki though now and found what is almost definitely his problem, so I'm writing an answer.
    – SirBenet
    May 25, 2014 at 21:20

2 Answers 2


To grow dark oak trees, you need 4 saplings in a 2*2 box. A single dark oak sapling will not grow on its own, regardless of how long you wait or how much bone meal you use on it.

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In this image, the saplings on the left will eventually grow to form one dark oak tree. The sapling on the right will never grow.

  • Good information, haven't read that before. I'll try it out and post back. Thanks for the response.
    – Turtle
    May 25, 2014 at 21:30
  • Worked like a charm. Tyvm :)
    – Turtle
    May 25, 2014 at 21:57
  • The magical master of trees... May 28, 2014 at 1:36
  • In some versions growing trees can be a bit buggy past the common 1x1 seedling.
    – Virusboy
    Jan 15, 2015 at 2:16
  • Also should mention that you need to have no grass or blocks beside the saplings otherwise this will interfere with the growth.
    – OKNEM
    Oct 13, 2017 at 15:22

If there is only one dark oak tree sapling in the formation, it will not grow, because it needs 4 saplings in a 2x2 square to even be able to grow.

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