Posted: Nov 19, 2021 in Minecraft
By Kevin Lott
It’s been a while since we’ve had a new wood type added to the game. I remember the days of old where it was nothing but Oak, and then Birch. Slowly but surely, we are now up to over half a dozen wood types if you include Nether Wart! These various trees add nothing but variety to Minecraft’s biomes and terrain generation, however, one of the most neglected biomes, the Swamps, simply uses plain old Oak. Sure, the leaves are colored differently to reflect the environment, but that’s all. Because of this, 1.19 aims to revamp swamps, and part of that is with the new trees, Mangrove trees. Today, we’re going to take a look at Mangrove Trees in the new Swamps, or at least what we know of them. Let’s begin.
These actually aren’t the first Mangrove trees I’m used to, as Biomes O’ Plenty, a fairly popular mod for terrain generation, has had their own Mangrove trees for years now. Don’t be fooled, however, as the new 1.19 Mangrove trees are very different from anything modded has brought us.
Mangrove trees in 1.19 will be found in the new Mangrove Swamp biome. Mojang showed off the new biome which was full of huge mangroves during Minecraft Live, and it looked pretty cool. You can expect to find these trees growing straight out of the water surrounded by Mud blocks. In the new swamp biome, the roots of these trees extend way past the trunk and creates arches in the mud. Depending on the generation, they can even be crawled under. Interestingly enough, there are actually dead leaves under the trees that are basically the leaf blocks but brown.
The most unique aspect of the Mangrove trees is definitely the saplings. Unlike all other trees, you don’t acquire the sapling from breaking the leaf blocks of the tree, but rather the sapling grows from the leaf blocks themselves. This would mean that the Mangrove Tree is the first tree that doesn’t require you to break any blocks to farm them. But why would you farm them? The new wood of course! Mangrove trees bring forth a whole new wood family, which looks a little like Jungle wood.
That’s everything! Mangrove trees are very cool and I am glad that Mojang is adding new and interesting mechanics. The idea of a farmable tree that doesn’t have to be destroyed is bound to create some nice builds by creative players. I’m also very fond of the wood. Although it isn’t my favorite, it looks like a better version of Jungle wood to me. Definitely will look good next to Mud bricks. In any case, I hope this blog helped you learn something new. Have a great day.