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Tree NLCedar Tree NL
Type Tree
Spawns Randomly Placed,
Rarity Very Common
Appearances Animal Forest,
Animal Forest +,
Animal Crossing,
Animal Forest e+,
Wild World,
City Folk,
New Leaf,
Dōbutsu no Mori
Regional names Unknown

Trees are a type of floral plant that has appeared in every Animal Crossing game. Saplings can be bought from Tom Nook's Store or the Gardening Shop. Fruit can be planted, which will create a fruit tree.

Tree Characteristics

Tree Growth

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.

Prior to Wild World, trees planted near buildings grew into short, more stumpy 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 New Leaf, tree stumps were changed to make them more realistic, but this pattern is still obvious. Also in New Leaf, sometimes stumps with rare patterns can be found. The chance of this happening is rare with a normal axe, but is more common with the golden axe, and the silver axe almost always results in a special stump. The ability to sit on stumps was also added.

A tree from Animal Crossing City Folk and a tree from the old build of New Leaf

Seasonal Change

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 days that lead up to Toy Day. Trees change color slightly through varying shades of green and orange throughout the year to match the seasons.

Tree guide

A chart showing the seasonal changes to a tree in New Leaf.

  • A Bell Tree
  • A Coconut Palm Tree
  • A Peach Tree
  • A Cherry Tree
  • A Pear Tree
  • An Orange Tree
  • An Apple Tree
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Tree Shaking

Non-fruit trees can contain objects. These objects are hidden and can only be retrieved from the tree by shaking it, which will cause the object to fall on the ground. Either a piece of furniture, a beehive, bells, or nothing can be spawned in a randomly chosen non-fruit tree at the start of each day, typically 6:00 AM. Spiders and bagworms may also hang down from a tree when shook, then shortly come up.

Fruit trees bear fruit every 3 days and can be replanted or sold to Tom Nook and Re-Tail.

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 and some rare beetles will only appear on palm trees.



The generic trees (also sometimes called oak trees) are a recurring familiar symbol is the series. The leaves change colors to match the seasons. Their leaves usually change later than fruit trees. Generic trees will turn pink during the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Trees are required in order for acorns to spawn during the respective time period (only in Wild World).

Fruit Tree

Fruit trees

Trees bearing fruit

Main article: Fruit

This tree resembles the oak tree but bears three pieces of fruit. Unlike non-fruit trees, acorns will not spawn under this type of tree. The types of fruit trees are Apple, Cherry, Pear, Peach, Orange, Mango, Durian, Lemon, Lychee, and Persimmon (Mango, Durian, Lemon, Lychee, and Persimmon are exclusive to New Leaf only). There is a glitch in Animal Crossing: New Leaf in which a fruit tree holds less than three pieces of fruit.

Perfect Fruit Tree

Perfect fruit trees are exclusive to New Leaf. They can be created by planting a perfect fruit that matches the town's native fruit. Perfect fruit has different colors than its normal counterpart. They sometimes appear as one of the fruits on a native tree; this also happens near the creation of the town. 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 where they are foreign. However, the perfect fruit tree will die after up to seven harvests, leaving the player with a bare, dead looking tree. One of the fruits will be rotten and will require a fee to be disposed of. If the rotten fruit is planted, it will appear to be a wilted sapling and will die the next day.

Cedar Tree


A Cedar Tree from City Folk

These unique evergreen trees prefer the top half of the village mostly in higher altitudes and as such do not grow well near the coast. Around late December, Toy Day and New Year's Eve they are decorated with Christmas lights.


Main article: Palm

Palm trees grow only two fruit. They can only be planted on or near the beach. There are two types of palm trees: Coconut palms, and Banana palms. There are some beetles that only appear on palm trees, such as the Hercules Beetle, Cyclommatus Beetle, and Goliath Beetle.


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.

In Wild World and 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).


A new addition to New Leaf, the Banana Palm functions similarly to the Coconut Palm. It, along with the coconut, can be acquired by visiting the Island.

Money Tree

Main article: Money Tree

A money tree is 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.

Golden Tree

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The player equipped with a Golden Shovel in front of a Golden Tree.

This Golden-colored Oak tree only appeared in Animal Forest +, Animal Crossing and Animal Forest e+. It could be grown by planting a shovel in a Glowing Spot. Once the tree is fully grown, golden shovels grow from it. 


  • In 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 green, yellow, or orange depending on the season.


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