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Trees must be planted in the center of a 3x3 square of land that does not contain any other tree saplings or impassable objects, with the exception of bushes. Trees will also fail to grow if there are already too many saplings and trees in the vicinity. Trees that fail to grow become wilted saplings the next day, which then disappear the day after.
In the GCN games trees planted near buildings grew into short, stumpier versions and never reached their full height unless the obstruction was removed (this also happens in reverse, planting trees two squares away from Nook's Cranny would grow into normal trees but become dwarf trees when it expanded as the shop grew bigger).Fully grown trees do not die unless cut down with an Axe, which leaves a tree stump behind. Animal Crossing tree stumps usually retain the typical swirl pattern on the tree trunk. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, tree stumps were changed to make them more realistic, but this pattern is still obvious. Also in New Leaf, stumps were changed to add rare patterns and the ability to sit on them.
Non-fruit-bearing trees turn into Cherry Blossoms during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Trees are laden with snow during winter and Cedar Trees will have lights around them during the lead up to Toy Day. Trees change color slightly through varying shades of green throughout the year to match the seasons.
Trees can contain objects. These objects are hidden (with the exception of fruit) and can only be retrieved from the tree by shaking it, which will cause the object to fall on the ground. Two pieces of furniture, five beehives, and a multitude of 100 Bells are spawned in randomly chosen non-fruit trees at the start of each day, typically 6:00 AM.
Fruit trees bear fruit every 3 days and can be sold to Tom Nook.
Bugs on Trees
Many Bugs can only be found in and on trees or tree stumps. All cicadas and many beetles can only be found on trees and caution should be taken when approaching the tree so as not to scare the bug away. On the other hand, some bugs hide in trees and the tree must be shaken to reveal them. Bees, Spiders and bagworms require this method. Some bugs only appear on tree stumps as well and some rare beetles will only appear on palm trees and none others.
The generic Oak tree in the series. The leaves change colors to match the seasons. Many trees will turn pink during the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Trees are required in order for Acorns to spawn during the respective time period.
This tree resembles the Oak tree but bears 3 pieces of fruit. Unlike trees Acorns will not spawn under them. The types of Fruit trees are Apple, Cherry, Pear, Peach, Orange, Mango, Durian, Lemon, Lychee and Persimmon.
Perfect Fruit Tree
Perfect fruit trees are exclusive to Animal Crossing: New Leaf. They can be created by planting a Perfect Fruit that matches the town's native fruit. Perfect Fruit sells for six times as much as the regular variant. This means that perfect fruit sells for 600 Bells in towns in which they natively grow, and 3,000 Bells in towns in which they don't natively grow. However, the Perfect Fruit Tree will die after a few harvests.
Palm trees grow only two fruit. They can only be planted on or near the beach. There are two types of palm trees: Coconut, and Banana.
This coastal palm tree bears coconuts. They can only be planted near the beach. The coconut itself can be obtained through various means depending on the game. There are some beetles that only appear on palm trees, such as the Hercules Beetle, Cyclommatus Beetle, and Goliath Beetle.
In Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: City Folk a coconut will usually wash up on the player's beach at least once a week. In GCN games coconuts can only be obtained by visiting the Island, and only sell for 300 Bells (unlike in later versions of the game when they sell for 500 Bells).
BananaA new addition to Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the Banana Tree functions similarly to the Coconut Palm. It, along with the coconut, can be acquired by visiting the Island.
In Animal Crossing: A New Leaf, this fruit can be found during island tours.
A rare and infamous tree that bears money as its fruit. They can be grown by burying bells in the ground with a golden shovel. To maximize potential return and minimize expected loss, the player should bury 30,000 Bells.
The chances of making a profit with a Money Tree is very risky. Even if the tree fully grows, there is only a small chance that the money will grow on the tree.
- In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the leaves on the trees that don't have fruit are a different color than the leaves on fruit trees; the leaves of fruit trees are generally a slightly darker shade of green, yellow or orange, depending on the season.
|Undergrowth vegetation||Flower • Grass • Bush • Jacob's Ladder|
|Trees||Bamboo • Money Tree • Stump • Palm • Tree|
|Weeds||Weed • Clover • Rafflesia • Dandelion|
|Other||Grass Deterioration • Fruit • Flower Fest|
|Geography of an Animal Crossing Town|
|Water||River | Ocean | Pond | River Pool | Waterfall | River to ocean system | Bay | Tropical Seas|
|Land||Tree | Palm | Cliff | Ramp | Canyon | Beach | Grass | Grass Deterioration | Island|
|Locations||River | Ocean | River pool | Pond | Waterfall|
|Ramps||Regular vertical ramp | Wide double ramp | South-east-facing straight ramp | South-east-facing angular ramp | East cliff straight ramp | East cliff curver ramp | Straight South-west corner ramp | South-west corner L-shaped ramp | West cliff straight ramp | West cliff fold-back ramp | South-east inside corner angular ramp | South-east inside corner normal ramp | South-west inside corner normal ramp | South-west inside corner extremely wide ramp|