Destroying the bottom portion of a cactus or sugar cane causes the entire structure to be destroyed. Am I the only one who questioned the fact that this didn’t happen for trees as well? Minecraft seems to be very selective with this mechanic. The BlingTrees plugin by SethBling addresses this, though instead of having the same behavior as cacti and sugar cane, it is more realistic.
With this plugin installed, knocking down a tree at its base will cause it to fall over. As a bug, some pieces of the tree will actually break in the process, leaving their collectible items behind; though this is unintended, SethBling has acknowledged it and left it in. This is how a real tree would behave, after all!
This mod works with all trees in vanilla Minecraft, and should work with any trees created by mods. Trees with larger bases will only fall over if the entire base is destroyed. As the trees are falling, the leaf blocks are rendered as gray – this is because the engine cannot properly render them in a mobile state. It is hardly noticeable, however, and it is a small price to pay for the functionality of this simple yet excellent plugin.
See this plugin in action in SethBling’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vKPM2Igd7g
How to Install BlingTrees Plugin for Minecraft
Download the latest version of the BlingTrees plugin.
Place the .zip file from step 1 into your server’s plugins directory.
Run the server and wait for it to fully load.
Restart your Minecraft server or login to your admin account and execute the /reload command.
Run the server again. The plugin should be properly loaded.
Though I have not tried it yet, I can only assume this works with manually constructed trees as well. This could result in some interesting behavior with more advanced structures – possibly even creating sophisticated traps. Post any ideas you have involving this plugin below!