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Trees are a town feature prominent in every Animal Crossing series game. Although many trees are generated at the time of town creation, saplings or fruit can be planted to create additional trees.
All trees have leaves, except perfect fruit trees that have expired. The leaves of hardwood and fruit trees change according to the season, becoming a cherry pink form during early April. Cedar trees do not change color during the year, but become decorated with lights during snowy portions of December leading up to Toy Day. All trees will be covered with snow during Winter.
Once planted, trees grow within 3 days. If the tree can bear fruit, it will then produce fruit the day after the tree is fully grown. Trees cannot be planted close to buildings, walls, water, or other "hard" obstacles including other trees (they can be planted next to bushes). If planted in these areas, tree saplings will die the day after, and disappear. Occasionally, saplings will die even in open areas.
An exception to this rule is in the GCN games, where saplings planted next to buildings will grow, but only for one day. These trees remain small and stunted until they are moved. Trees that are normal size will revert to this small size if a building appears next to them, such as when Nook's shop expands in size or if a villager sets up a house.
Trees that have started or finished growing will not die naturally, and must be cut down with an axe if they need to be removed. When cut, a stump remains, which must be dug up with a shovel. In New Leaf, the stump will occasionally feature a unique pattern. The frequency of rare patterns is increased when a golden axe cuts down the tree, and even more so when a silver axe is used. Despite having been present since Animal Forest, stumps served no practical use until City Folk wherein certain bugs can be found on a stump. Beginning in New Leaf the player character and villagers can sit upon stumps.
In New Horizons, trees can now be relocated directly, instead of having to cut down and replant them, using stamina gained by consuming fruit. After eating a piece of fruit the character will be able to dig up a whole tree, and place it into their inventory. The tree can then be planted where the player wishes it to be located, within reason.
Trees can be shaken to drop objects. Fruit trees will drop fruit if the harvest is ready. Any Hardwood or Cedar tree may drop one 100 bell coin, a wasp nest with wasps (5 per day), or a piece furniture (2 per day). Bagworms and spiders may also appear when shaking trees, hanging from the branches when disturbed. During the fall, Acorns may be found beneath trees in the village (WW and NH only).
Many bugs are only found on trees, or their stumps. Cicadas, beetles, and some other insects are only found hanging from the front of the trees. In Animal Crossing, purple and birdwing butterflies will only appear at the canopy of a tree, but they are not restricted in this way in later games. The Animal Forest e+ exclusive coconut crab is only found inside coconut tree branches.
In New Horizons
In New Horizons, trees were changed. Along with the items available in past games, several new materials are available from trees. Any tree, including fruit trees, can be shaken infinitely to shake loose a tree branch, which is used for many DIY recipes. Branches might also be found under any non-fruit tree. Finally, when hit with an axe, a tree will dispense up to three pieces of wood; hard wood, soft wood, and wood.
Shaking any non-fruit tree may drop either a Wasp nest, 100 Bell Coin, or a piece of Furniture. Every day on an island, 15 trees will drop 100 Bells, 5 trees will drop a Wasp nest, and 2 trees will drop Furniture.
During Bunny Day, trees also have a chance of producing two different kinds of eggs. Each day, a number of the island's hardwood trees will have three Leaf Eggs, which can be harvested like fruit. When hit with an axe, any tree may give a Wood Egg instead of a type of wood. According to villagers on the island, coconut trees may produce a higher amount of Wood Eggs than any other type of tree. Trees found during a mystery tour have the same function.
The hardwood trees are very common. The leaves change colors to match the seasons, but usually change later than fruit trees. Hardwood trees will turn pink during the Cherry Blossom Festival, and they are implied to be source of cherry-blossom petals (New Horizons). Hardwood trees are required in order for acorns to spawn in Wild World and New Horizons.
Hardwood Trees produce no fruit and cannot be reproduced by planting. However, the player can buy hardwood saplings. There are several other ways to produce Hardwood Trees. Any money tree, once harvested, will become a regular hardwood tree, and in the first Animal Crossing, burying 100 bells with a golden shovel will sprout a sapling.
- Main article: Fruit
This tree resembles the hardwood tree but bears three pieces of fruit. Once harvested, it will take three days for the tree to produce fruit again. Unlike non-fruit trees, acorns will not spawn under this type of tree, nor will they change color during the Cherry Blossom Festival.
The main types of fruit trees are apples, cherries, peaches, pears, and oranges. These types of fruit are available in every game in the series. One of these fruits will be growing in a town when it is created, which is the native fruit. This fruit sells for 100 Bells. In New Horizons, a native fruit of any player's town can be viewed on their passport.
The player may grow other fruits in their town. These fruits sell for 500 bells each.
Mangos, durians, lemons, lychees, and persimmons are exclusive to New Leaf (in the main series). They are referred to as tropical fruits (like coconuts and bananas) and can never be the native fruits of a player's town. One of these fruits will grow on Tortimer Island; the rest are available through island tours. They sell for 250 Bells.
In Pocket Camp, Grapes were added to the list of available fruit. While the native fruits are available throughout the game, the player will only have one of grapes, lemons, or lychees growing in their camp and nowhere else; similar to the main series games, the player must acquire the other two fruits elsewhere (Example: Buy it from other players through the Market Box).
Perfect Fruit Tree
Perfect fruit trees are exclusive to New Leaf. They can be created by spawning randomly or by planting a perfect fruit. If the perfect fruit is planted in a town who's native fruit does not match it will grow into a normal variety of the perfect fruit instead. Because of the requirement to match the town's native fruit, only those kinds of perfect fruit exist. They may sometimes appear as one of the fruits on a native tree. A perfect fruit may be discerned by the difference in their color; 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 grow, and 3,000 Bells in towns in where they are foreign.
The perfect fruit tree will die after four to seven harvests, leaving the player with a bare, dead looking tree. One of the fruits from the final harvest will be rotten and will require a fee to be disposed of at Re-Tail. If the rotten fruit is planted, it will appear to be a wilted sapling and will die the next day.
A dead perfect fruit tree can be revived by planting fertilizer next to it, but the tree will be a normal fruit tree.
In Pocket Camp, fruit trees sometimes hold a perfect fruit, but perfect fruit trees don't exist as you can't plant trees in Pocket Camp. You can sell them or to give it to a villager when they're asking for fruit. They sell for 600 bells per piece if you sell them directly. Their price range for the Market Box is 600 - 3000 bells per piece.
Cedar trees produce no fruit, but their saplings can be bought from the applicable store in a player's town.
In almost all games, Cedar Trees can only be grown on the higher part of the town's Cliff. Planting them on the lower elevations will cause the tree to wither and die.
In Wild World, there are no cliffs, so it is difficult to find where cedar trees will grow and where they will wither. This is an issue when trying to get a perfect town. The trees will only grow in the northern half of the town, and will die south of the halfway point.
In New Horizons, where there are cliffs, cedar trees only grow on the higher levels, preventing the player from getting to them until they get a ladder or until they grow their own. Cedar trees that are fully grown may be put anywhere on the island, like all the other trees. During the fall season, cedar trees may drop pine cones or acorns when shaken, a material used in seasonal recipes. During the Festive Season, decorated cedar trees will drop ornaments required for festive DIY recipes.
- Main article: Palm
In most games, only coconuts grow on palm trees. Coconuts can be obtained several different ways depending on the game. In Animal Crossing, they are available on Animal Island, while in Wild World and City Folk, they will occasionally wash up on the town's beach. In New Leaf they can be obtained from Tortimer Island or an Island Tour, and in New Horizons, coconuts can only be obtained during mystery tours.
Before New Leaf, coconuts were worth 500 Bells, since they were classified as a foreign fruit. After New Leaf coconuts were reclassified as a tropical fruit, and are now worth 250 Bells apiece. Bananas, since they were introduced in New Leaf, are also considered a tropical fruit, and are worth 250 Bells.
- Main article: Money Tree
In most games, 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 New Horizons, trees are much more likely to give a return on investment, multiplying the money three times, including guarantee of profit up to 30,000 bells buried. After 30,000 bells are buried at once, the money grown could just be bags of 1,000 bells.
Once a money tree has been harvested, or fails to produce, it becomes a hardwood tree.
Many bugs can be found using Trees to their advantage. You can find them on tree trunks, inside trees and on tree stumps.
In New Horizons
- 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.
- Despite being the namesake of the festival, in New Horizons, cherry trees don't change during the Cherry Blossom Festival. In fact, the only trees that change are the hardwood variety.