I'm probably not the first, but I just had the idea of having sequoia trees (Sequoiadendron Giganteum, Sequoia Sempervirens) be able to spawn/grow in Minecraft. They would spawn only in coniferous forests (obviously) and in taiga biomes, making them slightly rarer, as these are absolutely huge trees. Their saplings would have an extremely rare chance of dropping when the tree is cut down (which would be time consuming on its own, adding to the rarity and value of these). I recently made some in one of my SSP worlds, here is a screenshot: Tell me what you think about the picture and my idea, see you guys later!
Edit:INFO ON PICTURE: The tree on the left is the Sequoia Sempervirens, or coast redwood. the tallest tree in the real world is a coast redwood reaching 115 meters. Their foliage has the general shape of a cone, like regular pine trees/firs, etc. but MUCH larger. The one on the right is Sequoiadendron Giganteum, or giant sequoia. They have a much larger and wider trunk diameter than the Sempervirens, but are not as tall. Foliage is more dispersed throughout the tree and does not form a cone shape at the top.Yes the left one in the picture should be taller than the right if you follow the facts, but you get the idea.
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Oh lawdy, I don't know. The tall trees we have now are frustrating enough, I don't want to have to climb 20+ block ones, too.
Well these would not be so much for woodcutting, but they could be used as massive tree houses, several could be grown in one spot to make an eewok type village, etc. They could also be used for mass wood production, as all they would be are relatively straight wood pillars with foliage on top (if you think on the simple side). But you've got a point.
You've got a point... However, if Sequoias were a complete new species and not a variation of the regular arctic trees we have, we'd need some balancing. They'd be kind of overpowered if we could use them to mass produce wood, so how about they take long to grow, and bonemeal cannot be used on them? They'd need a clearing of at least 8 blocks in every direction, and must be open to the sky, otherwise they wouldn't grow... And perhaps the larger ones would only be naturally generated, as trees that size would realistically take decades, if not centuries to grow.
Very good suggestions! I was thinking that bonemeal could be used on them but would grow in segments (e.g 1 bonemeal, 1-3 blocks in growth) and their height would be random, the tallest possible reaching to say, 50 blocks (the tallest one in the picture, the Sequoiadendron, reaches 52 blocks total). And for the natural growing time well... they do take 1 or 2 centuries to fully grow in real life, but considering any regular sized tree in real life (like the ones in Minecraft, the small ones) take at least a few months or even years to grow. But in Minecraft, they grow in a day or two and in 1 second if bonemeal is used. So, the full growing of these sequoias would take maybe 3-5 Minecraft weeks.
How about the wood only makes 2 wooden planks each? Balance it a little. Oh, and it's saplings have a 1/2 chance of growing 2 blocks tall.
Yes, although considering that these trees would be extremely rare and i don't know how hard it would be to code the same block for 2 types of uses, it might be a little complicated. Not a bad idea though.
UPDATE: One of my friends, who is a newbie to minecraft, came over to my house one day. He was playing it on my main computer, and since he didn't know profile worlds were only local, deleted all my worlds thinking they were his. As a result I was forced to restart absolutely everything including my sequoias. So, I came up with a new idea. I probably won't build giant sequoias this time, only coast redwoods. I just came up with a new type of foliage. The one on the left is the new one. The right is the one you see on all my other redwoods. Tell me which one you like best!
*MAJOR UPDATE* I've done more research on the coast redwoods, and I just had the idea of having a completely new biome for them. This is what I got in a nutshell:
"California's north coast provides the perfect growing conditions for the redwood. Cool, moist air from the Pacific Ocean keeps the redwoods always damp, even in the hot, dry summers and has done so for the last 20 million years. These perfect growing conditions exist only in one place on Earth, a strip of coastline 5 to 35 miles wide reaching down from southwestern Oregon to just south of the Monterey coast in northwestern California."-various websites
I also saw that snow wasn't their best friend. So, these new biomes would not have snow in them, only rain. Large clouds of mist/fog would be present from time to time (the same chance of ocurring as rain/snow) as fog is very important for the redwoods's ecology. These new biomes would include coast redwoods, obviously, as well as other conifers. I won't go into detail with those because it would be useless to make 50 different types of conifers that virtually look the same in minecraft. If you saw my More trees and vegetations thread, it mentions sword ferns. If you've ever been to a park that has redwoods (jedediah smith national forest, muir woods national monument, sequoia national park, etc.) or seen pictures of redwoods, you'll notice that these ferns practically cover the entire ground. So they too would be a major part of these biomes. They would be relatively flat in terms of geography. Would you like to see these in their own biome, or not?