All about Minecraft Spruce Tree and why it doesn’t grow

Spruce Trees are trees with dark green leaves that you can find in Minecraft. They look like real world pine trees and sometimes they grow on Podzol instead of regular Dirt.

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Podzol on the ground

Some players have difficulties finding and growing them, so today we are going to see how to solve those problems while also, hopefully, learning something new about Spruce Trees.

Where to find Spruce Tree

You can find Spruce Trees in a variety of different Biomes:

  • Grove
  • Old Growth Pine Taiga
  • Old Growth Spruce Taiga
  • Snowy Plains
  • Snowy Taiga
  • Taiga
  • Windswpt Forest

What these biomes have in common is that they all look like cold places that could remind us of Canadian or Scandinavian forests in the real world.

minecraft snowy taiga

If you are having difficulties finding any of these biomes, you can check the Snow Layer article: there you will find a useful command that you can use to find any biome you want.

Different variants

Spruce Trees come in two different shapes: Spruce and Pine, the second one has all the leaves right at the top.

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Here we can see 2 Pines, one on the left and one on the right. All the other trees are Spruce Trees

Both Spruce and Pine Trees also have their own giant version.

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A Giant Pine next to a regular Spruce Tree

Giant Spruce Trees have 2×2 trunks and are much taller, up to 31 blocks tall.

How to grow Spruce Trees

Like every other Minecraft tree, if you want to grow a Spruce Tree you can place a Spruce Sapling on a Dirt block. To get Saplings, just break leaves blocks until a Sapling drops from there. Other than Dirt blocks, which is the most common one, you can also plant Spruce Trees on:

Note that once fully grown, the ground around a Giant Spruce Tree will turn into Podzol.

Once the Sapling is placed, it will need light to grow. It needs a light level of 9, so a simple Torch placed 1 block away will be more than enough (related topic: Torch Spacing in Minecraft).

It will also need space to grow, so make sure that there are no other blocks around where the top of the tree will be in a 6 blocks radius. This needs to be from the bottom up to 12 blocks above. You can place blocks around the Sapling though, like the Torch that we mentioned before, they will not interfer with the grow.

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Empty space needed for Spruce Trees to grow

If you want to grow a Giant Spruce Tree, you will need to use 4 Saplings. In this case it will need a 15 blocks radius of empty space from the bottom up to 31 cubes of height.

Also, Giant Spruce Trees don’t grow if there is any adjacent block around the 4 Saplings. So, if you are putting Torches around the Saplings, make sure to leave at least a 1 block gap.

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With the 1 block gap, the Saplings will grow with no problem

How to make Saplings grow faster

To speed up the process, you can give Bone Meal to the Sapling (If you want to know more about Bone Meal and how to use it as Dye you can check the All the white blocks in Minecraft article).

You can also make it grow faster by increasing the random tick speed: you’ll have to use the commands and change it from 3 (the default random tick speed) to a higher value.
For example, for setting the speed to 1000, you’ll need to type:

 /gamerule randomTickSpeed 1000.

This method works for making anything grow faster, even animals like Turtles for example. You can also set the Random Tick Speed to 0 to make everything stop from growing. It is one of the 4 ways to freeze time in Minecraft.

Why sometimes Spruce Trees don’t grow

Many players find difficult to grow Spruce Trees. There are a couple of problems that may occur, so let’s see what to do about them.

In Minecraft Bedrock edition, the only way to grow Spruce Trees from Saplings is to make a giant Spruce Tree, with a 2×2 trunk: it is not possible to grow regular Spruce Trees from Saplings. It is not clear why there is this difference with the Java version.

Another reason why it may be not growing is space: sometimes people try to grow Spruce Trees underground. It is totally fine, but in this case it is important to not have the roof too close.

Sometimes instead, players leave blocks around the Sapling. It is fine for regular Spruce Trees, but Giant Spruce Trees need space around their Saplings (as we saw above, 1 block gap is required).

How to craft Spruce Wood

Spruce Logs can be used to craft Spruce Wood, a similar block that shows the same pattern on each of its 6 sides.

minecraft spruce wood

You will need to put 4 Spruce Logs in the Crafting Table to obtain 3 Spruce Wood blocks.

minecraft spruce wood crafting recipe