How Close Can You Plant Trees? | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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Learn the basics of tree-planting in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH). Learn how close you can plant trees and how long it takes for them to grow.

How Close Can You Plant Trees?

Trees Need 1 Free Space Around Them to Grow

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For a tree to fully grow, it needs 1 free space in all directions. If there are cliffs, water, or buildings in those spaces, the tree will not grow.

You can plant next to flowers and bushes

It is also important to note that flowers and bushes do not "take up space", so it is safe to plant tree saplings next to them.

Trees Need to be at Least 1 Space Apart

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With this said, trees can be planted next to each other, given that they are at least 1 space apart. This goes for any direction. To check, you should be able to walk past between trees.

If you make a mistake, you can always move trees with your shovel.

How to Plant Trees

Purchase Saplings

Purchase saplings at Nook
You can purchase saplings from Nook's Cranny, or sometimes you would find ones in the Recycle Box at Resident Services.

Plant the Sapling

Choose a spot with enough space, and open up your pockets to plant the sapling.

You can use a shovel to plant on an exact spot

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With your shovel in-hand, you can also use it to dig a hole where you want the tree to be, and plant the sapling using the shovel.

How Long Do Trees Take to Grow?

Trees Take 4 Days to Fully Grow

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The stages are the same for any kind of tree, including bamboo.

Once planting a sapling, it will take 4 days for it to grow (and to bear fruit if it is a fruit tree, or Bells if it is a Money Tree).

How to Move Trees

Eat Fruit to Gain Stamina

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To move a tree, you will need to have 1 point of stamina, which you can get from eating a piece of fruit, turnip, or any other kind of food.

Use a Shovel

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While holding a shovel, press A in front of a tree to pull it up and place it in your pockets. You can then replant the tree.

Moving small trees do not take up stamina

As long as the tree has not fully grown, you can move small trees even without stamina. This goes the same for shrubs and flowers.

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2 clothed19 days

>>1 You are a hero, ive been going crazy trying to figure out why some trees grew but others didnt.

1 Crackie26 days

Might want to update that Fruit Trees don't grow the same as other trees. Fruit trees will not grow if they are surrounded by other trees. They must be at the edge of a group of trees in order to grow from saproling to fully grown tree. Once they are fully grown, you can stack them as close as one space a part and they will bear fruit normally.

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