So I was looking to make a big 2x2 spruce tree in minecraft, and there's plenty of space for it, but it wont grow. I am in Minecraft Version 1.11, and I am very confused.

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    Can you provide a screenshot of your setup? Nov 20 '16 at 22:31

"must have a light level of at least 8 in the sapling block. A sapling will uproot with light level 7 or less in the sapling block itself unless it has a view of the sky that is fully unobstructed (except by glass or other transparent materials). The sapling must also have at least 4 blocks of space above it; the amount of required space varies between the different species of trees. If there is a ceiling above a sapling, this will limit the maximum height of the tree that can grow from that sapling."

"In order to grow a 2×2 tree (be it spruce, jungle or dark oak), four saplings must be placed adjacent to each other in a square. For growth to succeed, there may be no blocks adjacent (even diagonally) to the north-western sapling (which is considered the center of the tree) up to the final height of the tree."

According to minecraft.gamepedia.com/Tree

So if you're sure it has enough space, the problem must be the light or a block close to the northwestern sapling. To find the northwestern sapling, use your debug (F3) screen


From the Official Minecraft Wiki

2×2 spruce trees require a 5×5 column of unobstructed space at least 14 blocks above the saplings to grow (15 blocks including the saplings themselves). This column is centered on the northwestern sapling. A 3×3 area is required at the base of the tree (the level of the saplings).

See if your setup meets that criteria. If not, you will not get a "giant" spruce to grow.


As far as I remember, only Dark Oak and Jungle Saplings can be 2x2. Could be wrong though, I haven't played MC in forever, but I do follow updates and I don't remember any updates to 2x2-able trees.


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