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 a propagule is.

Players riding a boat through the Minecraft mangrove trees.

Want to know everything about the Minecraft mangrove tree? While Mojang Studios teased a swamp update in a Minecraft biome community vote at MineCon 2019, we instead got an entirely new swamp biome with the Minecraft 1.19 Wild update in 2022.

The Mangrove swamp introduced a range of cool new things, from the addition of adorable Minecraft frogs and another set of building blocks with Minecraft mud blocks. The main new feature of the Minecraft Mangrove swamp, though, are mangrove trees. Adding to the ever-growing range of 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 Minecraft mangrove trees 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 naturally 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 grow a Mangrove tree

Instead of a usual sapling, a Mangrove tree grows from a propagule, which can be picked from the tree without having to destroy it. The propagule has four growth stages, and only drops itself when fully grown. Plant a propagule in dirt or mud, and wait for your Mangrove tree to grow.

The flowering propagules are easy to spot, as they grow on the underside of Mangrove leaves, and you can even get more than one from each tree, making them one of the easiest Minecraft trees to farm.

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

Mangrove wood items

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.

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 Minecraft 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, and the cute new pink Cherry Grove trees ahead of the Minecraft 1.20 release date, and practise building with the new pink wood.