Hardwood and cedar trees in New Horizons
Trees are common flora in the Animal Crossing series, grown by burying saplings, fruit, or Bells. Some types of trees can bear fruit, while others are just used for decoration. Depending on the season and the time of day, certain insects may be found resting against the trunk of a tree or hiding inside the treetop.
The quantity of trees planted in a town will affect its environment rating, and as such they are used to determine perfect town status. With the exception of perfect fruit trees in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, fully grown trees do not die until they are chopped down by the player, leaving behind a stump. A stump needs to be dug up to fully remove the tree, and otherwise mostly serves as decoration. Villagers will also sometimes sit on the stump.
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, chopping trees serves as a way to gather different types of wood, which can be used as crafting supplies. Another feature introduced in this game is the ability to dig up trees with the use of energy points. Digging up a tree places it in the player's pockets, allowing it to be moved around and planted in another spot instead of having to chop it down and plant a new sapling.
Saplings are baby trees available for purchase at Tom Nook's stores and the Garden Shop. Not all trees grow successfully, due to poor soil quality and placement. If the player plants a tree where a different tree was cut down then it will have a much higher chance of growth. If the player stands on a tree sapling at exactly 6 AM, the tree will grow around the player and knock them out, as though they had been bitten by a tarantula or scorpion.
Types of trees
Cedar trees are evergreen trees. During December, particularly around Toy Day, and during the Bright Nights in Wild World, Cedar trees are decorated with bright lights. Cedar trees will only grow in the top two acres of the village, reflecting the fact that their real-life counterparts are found more frequently in the northern hemisphere, being adapted to colder temperatures. In New Horizons however, cedar trees will grow on any acre on every platform, and regardless of which hemisphere is chosen, cedar trees will be decorated with lights from December 15 to January 6, of which shaking will produce an ornament for DIY projects.
Hardwood trees are generic trees, resembling fruit trees but bear nothing. Their appearance differs seasonally, turning golden brown in the fall, being snow-laden in the winter, and bearing cherry blossoms during the Cherry Blossom Festival in April. In New Horizons, they will bear leaf eggs during the Bunny Day season.
Fruit trees resemble hardwood trees but bear fruit, three at a time. During the Acorn Festival they also bear acorns. There are 5 different varieties of fruit trees (13 in New Leaf), one for each type of fruit. The player can receive non-native fruits in letters from Mom, or from other villagers, after which they can then be grown into a fruit-bearing tree. A counterpart sister fruit trees can also be found by going on a Mystery Island Tour.
Palm trees bear coconuts (or alternatively bananas in New Leaf), which are special types of fruit; however, they only produce two instead of the usual three fruits. Some beetles, such as the goliath beetle, will appear only on palm trees as well. In Animal Crossing, coconuts can be obtained from the island, and in Wild World and City Folk, coconuts will wash up on the shore about once a week. In New Leaf, palm trees can be found on Tortimer Island, and in New Horizons on Mystery Islands.
Palm trees can be grown by burying a coconut near the beach, on the grass within ten spaces of the shore. However, in New Leaf and New Horizons, palm trees are grown only in the sand. However in New Horizons, should one use the Island Designer Construction Permit to place down a sand tile, a palm tree can be placed near grass.
Money trees are a rare variety of tree that bears money as its fruit. They can be grown by burying Bells in the ground with a golden shovel. In Animal Crossing and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the player can grow a money tree by burying Bells in the daily shining soil instead.
These appear only in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. When a perfect fruit tree is shaken 4 to 7 times, it dies and becomes a dead tree, which serves no use to the player and should be cut down. When a perfect fruit tree dies, it produces a rotten fruit in addition to two perfect fruit. However, in Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo, fertilizer can revive dead trees.
Bamboo trees debuted in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, where the bamboo shoots could be purchased in the Garden Shop. Fully grown bamboo stalks can spread on their own. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, bamboo trees are a source of crafting materials. During spring, they will produce young spring bamboo that is used in seasonal recipes. Bamboo shoots can be found on the Mystery Island Tour or received from Daisy Mae.
While all trees may be shaken by the player, only cedar and non fruit-bearing trees have a chance of containing hidden items. Each day a certain amount of 100 Bell bags, beehives (or wasp nests), and furniture leaves will be scattered among the town's trees. This number varies according to the total number of trees in the town as well as the iteration of Animal Crossing being played. The table below lists the item maximums according to game title.
|Title||Bell bags||Beehives/Wasp nests||Furniture leaves|
Shaking trees may give more than 100 Bells, depending on the player's luck for that day.
In New Horizons, the following items are obtained from either shaking or chopping a tree.
|Material||Hardwood Tree||Cedar Tree||Palm Tree||Bamboo Tree|
|Young Spring Bamboo||-||-||-||30%|
|During Bunny Day|
|During Festive Season|
All games in the Animal Crossing series allow the player to chop down trees, producing a stump. These stumps do not count as trees (or weeds) when determining perfect town status. Animal Crossing: City Folk introduced two insect species only found on stumps (violin beetle and longhorn beetle), and Animal Crossing: New Leaf introduced the ability for players to use stumps as chairs, and special tree stump designs next to which mushrooms may appear. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the rosalia batesi beetle was added as another bug found on tree stumps, and the existing jewel beetle now appear on tree stumps instead of appearing on the front of trees.
Special stump designs
There are twelve stump designs in New Leaf. Six of these are exclusive to cedar trees, while the remainder are exclusive to fruit, bell, and oak trees. Special stump designs are created by delivering the final blow to a tree with any axe. A silver axe guarantees a special design, while a gold axe produces one only occasionally. A regular axe hardly ever produces one. Because only the final blow (of three) is the one that determines whether the stump will feature a special design, the first two swings can be made using a regular or gold axe to reduce wear on a silver axe.
The oak, bell, and fruit tree designs are, as follows: a heart design, a butterfly, a citrus pattern, a ginkgo leaf (the one that Crazy Redd uses as his logo), a cross (X), and a Triforce from The Legend of Zelda series. The cedar tree designs are a star, a cat, a flower similar to the one used to represent the Pikmin series, the leaf Tom Nook uses as a logo and the one furniture is turned into when in the players pockets, a music note, and a four-leaf clover.
(Animal Crossing: City Folk)
(Animal Crossing: New Leaf)
(Animal Crossing: New Horizons)
- Plants resembling Animal Crossing's hardwood trees appear throughout the landscape of 2002's Camp Hyrule, an annual online virtual summer camp that was sponsored and moderated by Nintendo of America.