Minecraft Mangrove trees – how to plant propagules

Everything you need to know about the Minecraft Mangrove trees, including where to find them, how to plant them, and whatever the hell a propagule is

Players riding a boat through the Minecraft mangrove trees.

Want to know everything about the mangrove tree in Minecraft? While Mojang Studios teased a swamp update in a Minecraft biome community vote at MineCon 2019, we instead got an entirely new swamp biome in the Minecraft 1.19 Wild update. The Mangrove swamp introduces a range of cool new things, from the addition of adorable Minecraft frogs to the ability to craft houses with Minecraft mud blocks.

The main new feature of the Mangrove swamp, though, are mangrove trees. Adding a seventh overworld wood to the building blocks in your arsenal, mangrove trees can be grown from propagules, a unique type of sapling. The distinctive traits of mangrove trees don’t stop there, though, as they also grow atop tall, winding roots through which you can navigate a boat with a chest, taking in the mysterious and beautiful swamp atmosphere. So, here’s everything you need to know about these water-dwelling trees, the swamp that surrounds them, and how to cultivate your own mangroves from scratch.

A Minecraft Mangrove tree with a chest in a boat in the water below

Where to find Mangrove trees

The only place to find the Mangrove tree is in a Mangrove swamp, which is a separate biome to the original Minecraft swamp, though they may often spawn next to one another. Like most other Minecraft biomes, there’s no real trick to finding them, other than just exploring your surroundings. However, as a warm biome, Mangrove swamps are more likely to be found near similarly warm biomes like deserts and jungles.

Mangrove swamps are denser than most other biomes, so you should recognise it when you see it. You can barely see through the sea of Mangrove trees and their roots as you stomp through the mud blocks under your feet. Mangrove trees can grow in water or on land, but those growing under water will always have a Muddy Root block at their base.

Minecraft Mangrove propagules hanging below a Mangrove tree

How to farm trees from Mangrove propagules

One of the many unique traits of the Mangrove tree is the propagule, a small flowering growth which appears on the underside of a Mangrove’s leaves. This item replaces the usual sapling, meaning you don’t have to destroy a single Mangrove tree to start farming more. Instead, simply break the propagule when it’s fully grown and it’ll fall down, ready for you to pick up and plant on ground or underwater.

Propagules have four stages of growth, similar to cocoa beans or amethyst buds, and only drop an item when grown. It soon grows into a massive tree made of unique mangrove log blocks, with vines trickling downwards from its leaves, not to mention plenty more propagules to farm.

Minecraft Mangrove trees: Some of the different things you can make with Mangrove wood

Mangrove wood possibilities

You can chop down mangrove trees in the same way as all of the other trees in Minecraft, then use the mangrove tree logs to make cool Minecraft builds, such as a recreation of the swamp from the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Mangrove wood is another great addition to the 300-plus blocks in Minecraft, with a beet-coloured hue. As with other Minecraft wood types, you can make a complete set of Mangrove wood furnishings such as stairs, fences, doors, and more. Consider using Mangrove wood to build a swamp-appropriate Minecraft house, or use the smaller wooden items, like Mangrove buttons, trapdoors, and gates to embellish other materials.

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As mentioned, Mangrove wood grows on top of root blocks, also seen for the first time in the Wild Update. These blocks have an interesting, transparent texture and can be waterlogged, so more creative players are no doubt using these roots to add depth and shape to natural, wooden builds, or in decorative pieces, like fences or dead custom trees.

Now you’re more familiar with the fascinating Mangrove tree, hopefully you’re ready to go an experiment with new building styles. If you are interested in building with a variety of wood types, be sure to also explore a lush cave for loads of complimentary, natural building materials.