Giant Trees

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With the death of Bukkit, I will no longer be supporting this plugin. If it still works for you, fantastic. If not, you are on your own. All the source will remain available on GitHub. Farewell, -DeltaHat

Giant Trees

Giant Trees is a plugin for adding procedurally generated giant trees to your world. Giant trees are generated in three ways:

  • Giant trees are grown in creative/survival mode by planting saplings and fertilizing with bone meal
  • Giant trees are summoned with a command
  • Giant trees naturally grow when new forested biomes spawn

Tutorials in other languages:

Planting Giant Trees

To plant a giant tree in creative/survival mode, perform the following steps:

  1. Flatten a 5x5 area of dirt
  2. Surround an emerald block with two rings of saplings
  3. Fertilize a sapling with a stack of 64 bone meal
  4. Stand back

The type of sapling fertilized will determine the species of giant tree that grows.

planting giant trees


To create a giant tree with a command, use the /tree-create or /gt command, followed by the name of the tree. Tree names are found in the plugin's data directory. For example, to summon a giant acacia tree, use the command

/gt tree.ACACIA

To edit the model for an existing tree, or create a new tree model, use the /tree-edit command. This command can only be used from the server console.

/tree-edit tree.ACACIA

Naturally Growing Trees

By default, Giant Trees will grow naturally in newly generated chunks in the default overworld (the world called "world"). To add giant trees to more worlds, increase the frequency of tree growth, or disable natural tree growth altogether, edit the plugin's config.yml.

Tree Species

For the beta the following species of trees can be summoned with the /gt command:

  • tree.ACACIA
  • tree.BIRCH
  • tree.DARK_OAK
  • tree.JUNGLE
  • tree.OAK
  • tree.SPRUCE

More tree species will be added in future releases.

Undoing Giant Trees

Trees summoned with the /gt command can be undone using WorldEdit's //undo command. This feature is automatically enabled if WorldEdit is installed.

Making Your Own Giant Tree Species

You can make your own species of giant tree. Start by using the /tree-edit command from the server console, giving it the name of the tree you want to edit or create. (For new trees, ignore the file not found error). As an alternative, you can double-click the Giant Trees plugin .jar file to start the visual tree editor.

editing a tree

Design your tree using the visual tree editor. When you are done, click save and exit the visual editor. To add roots to your tree, create another tree with the same name as your tree, with .root added to the end. For example, /tree-edit tree.ACACIA.root. Root trees are rendered upside down in the world and scaled to match their tree.

Is your new tree really awesome? If so, PM me the model and I'll include it in the next version of the plugin.


  • gianttrees.create (default OP) - Allows the creation of a giant tree using the tree-create command.
  • gianttrees.grow (default true) - Allows a player to grow a giant tree by fertilizing a grid of saplings.

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This plugin utilizes Hidendra's plugin metrics system. the following information is collected and sent to unless opted out:

  • A unique identifier
  • The server's version of Java
  • Whether the server is in offline or online mode
  • Plugin's version
  • Server's version
  • OS version/name and architecture
  • core count for the CPU
  • Number of players online
  • Metrics version

Opting out of this service can be done by editing plugins/Plugin Metrics/config.yml and changing opt-out to true.

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  • Avatar of Liger_XT5 Liger_XT5 Mar 03, 2015 at 03:51 UTC - 0 likes

    Though the original bukkit is dead, it's still being easily and frequently updated by Spigot.

    MCDen @
    Details at!

  • Avatar of cricketcricketcricket cricketcricketcricket Feb 20, 2015 at 05:56 UTC - 0 likes

    Update this, don't be a turd like the rest

  • Avatar of syberia97 syberia97 Jan 13, 2015 at 21:24 UTC - 0 likes

    [22:21:28] [Server thread/WARN]: [GiantTrees] Task #8767 for GiantTrees v1.1 generated an exception java.lang.VerifyError: class com.ryanmichela.trees.history.NoChangeBukkitWorld overrides final method setBlockType.(Lcom/sk89q/worldedit/Vector;I)Z at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass1(Native Method) [?:1.7.0_65] at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass( [?:1.7.0_65] at [?:1.7.0_65] at [?:1.7.0_65] at$100( [?:1.7.0_65] at$ [?:1.7.0_65] at$ [?:1.7.0_65] at Method) [?:1.7.0_65] at [?:1.7.0_65] at [spigot1.8.jar:git-Spigot-13716d9-0899683] at [spigot1.8.jar:git-Spigot-13716d9-0899683] at [spigot1.8.jar:git-Spigot-13716d9-0899683] at [spigot1.8.jar:git-Spigot-13716d9-0899683] at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass( [?:1.7.0_65] at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass( [?:1.7.0_65] at com.ryanmichela.trees.rendering.WorldChangeTracker.applyChanges( [?:?] at com.ryanmichela.trees.rendering.Draw3d.applyChanges( [?:?] at com.ryanmichela.trees.rendering.TreeRenderer$1$ [?:?] at [spigot1.8.jar:git-Spigot-13716d9-0899683] at org.bukkit.craftbukkit.v1_8_R1.scheduler.CraftScheduler.mainThreadHeartbeat( [spigot1.8.jar:git-Spigot-13716d9-0899683] at net.minecraft.server.v1_8_R1.MinecraftServer.z( [spigot1.8.jar:git-Spigot-13716d9-0899683] at net.minecraft.server.v1_8_R1.DedicatedServer.z( [spigot1.8.jar:git-Spigot-13716d9-0899683] at net.minecraft.server.v1_8_R1.MinecraftServer.y( [spigot1.8.jar:git-Spigot-13716d9-0899683] at [spigot1.8.jar:git-Spigot-13716d9-0899683] at [?:1.7.0_65]

  • Avatar of dddylan98 dddylan98 Dec 27, 2014 at 01:02 UTC - 0 likes

    @Liger_XT5: Go

    Using /gt tree.TREETYPE with WorldEdit on my server allows me to do it fine. I have yet to try it with randomly spawned trees or using the saplings.

    Using Spigot 1.8

  • Avatar of Liger_XT5 Liger_XT5 Dec 20, 2014 at 04:44 UTC - 0 likes

    @OriginalMadman: Go

    Or he could make a suggested change to spigot's code. Technical term escapes me.

    I really enjoyed this plugin, but as it does not work for Spigot 1.8, it will have to be left out until something comes out to allow it to work.

  • Avatar of OriginalMadman OriginalMadman Dec 18, 2014 at 22:49 UTC - 0 likes

    @deltahat: Go

    I see. Then I respectfully request you to consider an update for spigot 1.8 (which is the only game in town at the moment). Thanks! - Lots of Plugin fun - Custom Worlds - Developers: FREE donor status!

  • Avatar of deltahat deltahat Dec 16, 2014 at 19:13 UTC - 0 likes

    @OriginalMadman: Go

    Giant Trees won't work with Spigot 1.8. You can't update 150,000 blocks in under a second using the stock Bukkit API. There is a bunch of low level code in this plugin that is specific to the internal implementation details of the server. The last server Giant Trees was made to work with was Craftbukkit 1.7.8. Spigot 1.8 will require an update.

  • Avatar of OriginalMadman OriginalMadman Dec 16, 2014 at 07:03 UTC - 0 likes

    Plugin loads fine in spigot 1.8, but when trying to make a tree I get this error:

  • Avatar of brent1125 brent1125 Dec 15, 2014 at 14:44 UTC - 0 likes
  • Avatar of blackyamato blackyamato Dec 13, 2014 at 15:05 UTC - 0 likes

    Report a bug.
    This error message is displayed on the server console.

    Server Environment
     ・Java 8u25
     ・Spigot 1.8
     ・Giant Trees 1.1


Date created
Aug 24, 2011
Last update
Aug 20, 2014
Development stage
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GNU General Public License version 2 (GPLv2)
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