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AC:GC Tree Guide


Tree, Trees, lots of Trees! Anyone new to Animal Crossing: GameCube will be struck by the amount of Trees in their beautiful town. If you love running in your town, Trees can become something that are just in your way and need chopping down.

But wait!

Before you take an axe to these beautiful staples of your town, think about what Trees can offer you:

  • Fruit Trees are a very good source of Bells.
  • Trees are necessary to obtain a Perfect Town Status.
  • Many players find that Trees make towns look more attractive.
  • Some bugs can be found only in, or on, Trees. These Tree-exclusive bugs are vital to the completion of your Museum and to get the rare Golden Net!
  • In addition to bugs hiding in Trees, each day you can find Bells and furniture items simply by shaking Oak, Cedar, or harvested non-Coconut Fruit Trees.
  • The leaves of many Trees change color with the seasons. Along with the changing color of grass, Trees can give your town an instantly recognizable seasonal feel.

Still want to chop down your Trees? Read more about the types of Trees in your town and maybe you'll change your mind!

Types of Trees

There are multiple types of Trees in Animal Crossing: GameCube. All types of Trees function primarily in the same way, although they have some slight differences.

Fruit Trees

Fruit Trees are arguably the most useful Trees as they grow fruit that can be sold for Bells.

There are 6 types of Fruit Trees:

  • Apple
  • Cherry
  • Coconut
  • Orange
  • Peach
  • Pear

Please Note: Since Coconut Trees are quite different from the other Fruit Trees in the game, more detail can be found for them in the next section. This section is dedicated to the other five fruits.

A beautiful aspect of Fruit Trees is that their leaves change color to reflect the seasons and really help give the right feel to any town. While they help make a town more beautiful, they can also help you in other areas of the game.

When you first move into your town, there will be some Trees that are fruit-bearing. These Fruit Trees will all contain three pieces of just one type of fruit, which is referred to as your town's native fruit, and can be sold to Tom Nook for 100 Bells each. However, different towns have different fruit that is native to them. Any fruit not native to your town is called foreign fruit and can be sold to Nook for 500 Bells apiece. For this reason, many players like to plant foreign fruit in order to make Bells more easily.

You can obtain foreign fruits as presents in letters from villagers, or by traveling to other towns where their native fruits are different to your own. Once acquired, it is best to use the first piece of fruit to plant a Fruit Tree, so you will have a renewable source of more foreign fruit.

Once you've grown some fruit, it's time to harvest it and potentially make Bells. Walk up to a Fruit Tree and press "A" on your console controller to shake the Tree. The three pieces of fruit will fall to the ground, giving you easy acces to them. Once you have picked up these fruits, you can sell them, eat them, or plant them to grow more Fruit Trees. After harvesting fruit from any Fruit Tree, a new crop will grow back in 3 days. However, before new fruit emerges, you can shake the empty Fruit Trees daily to possibly reveal hidden bugs or shake loose some Bells or furniture items.

Fruit Trees can be planted anywhere in your town except on the sand at the beach. Strategically placing Fruit Trees can be useful in shortening your distance to Nook's store and therefore increasing the speed at which you earn Bells.

Coconut Trees

Coconut Trees function somewhat differently from the other Fruit Trees in the game. They produce only two pieces of fruit at a time that sell for just 150 Bells each. Thus, they are not as profitable as Foreign Fruit Trees. Also, coconuts can only be acquired from the Island. Having obtained a coconut, growing a Coconut Tree can be tricky as the coconuts can only be planted near the beach, but not directly on the sand. Despite this limitation and the low profit from harvesting coconuts, many players find the tropical aesthetic more pleasing than regular Fruit Trees and attempt to grow as many as they can.

Coconuts are harvested in the same way as other fruit: by walking up to the Tree and pressing "A" on your console to shake them off the Tree. Unlike other Fruit Trees, once the coconuts are harvested, there is no point shaking the Coconut Tree until new coconuts appear as there will be no Bells, furniture items, or bugs in it. However, bugs will still appear on the bark of Coconut Trees at certain times of the year.

Oak Trees

Oak Trees look identical to Fruit Trees and also change color to reflect the seasons, but they do not grow fruit and therefore are not practical for earning Bells. However, many people still consider them to look nice, and they are still useful for shaking loose Bells and furniture items and for catching bugs.

The only way to grow Oak Trees is to plant oak saplings, which can be bought from Tom Nook.

Cedar Trees

Cedar Trees look like fir trees and thrive only in the top portion of the town. These Trees also do not grow fruit, but during December they will be decorated with festive lights. Just like Oak Trees, Cedar Trees are also useful for shaking loose Bells and furniture items and catching bugs.

Cedar Trees can only be grown by planting cedar saplings, which can be bought from Tom Nook.

Money Trees

Money doesn't grow on Trees, unless you are playing Animal Crossing! Armed with a shovel and a bag of Bells, search your town for a golden shiny spot. Dig at this spot to find some Bells, but don't cover the hole yet! Instead, bury your bag of Bells and there is a chance that a Tree will grow and produce Bells like fruit! Make sure you bury Bells directly after digging the spot up. If you first fill the hole and dig another one, your Tree will not grow. Additionally, a shiny spot is no guarantee that a Money Tree will grow. This is because Money Trees still follow the same rules as other Trees - if you plant a Money Tree where an ordinary Tree can't grow, your Money Tree won't grow either. Carefully consider whether or not to plant a Money Tree when you come across a shiny spot.

If you successfully grow a Money Tree, it will produce three Bell bags. The amount in each Bell bag is the same as the number of Bells that were planted. For example, if a bag of 30,000 Bells is planted and a Money Tree grows, it will produce three bags each containing 30,000 Bells. Unlike Fruit Trees, Money Trees will not grow Bells multiple times. Once you shake off the Bell bags, they will never grow back.

Golden Shovel Trees

If you don't want to risk Bells trying to grow a Money Tree, try a Golden Shovel Tree instead! Just as with a Money Tree, dig Bells out of a shining spot. Instead of burying Bells, bury a shovel. In order to do this you will need two shovels, one to bury in the hole and one to fill in the hole. Upon planting the shovel, a golden sapling will appear! Within a few days, the resulting Oak Tree will shine with golden leaves. Once the Tree is fully grown, shake it and you will receive a Golden Shovel.

You may only perform this task by burying a regular shovel. Golden shovels do not sprout golden saplings.

How to Plant Trees

Now that you know what types of Trees are available in the game, you need to know how best to plant them. The most important factor in whether or not Trees grow is how much room they have around them. Trees will not grow if there is something directly next to them, including houses, rocks, or other Trees. To test this, dig a hole where you are planning on planting a Tree and attempt to walk in a complete circle around it. If there is something preventing you from walking around in a complete circle, it will also prevent the Tree from growing.

Immediately upon planting a Tree, you can see the sapling in the ground. If the Tree is not going to grow, you won't find out until the following day when the sapling will look discolored and wilted. You can minimize the chance of this happening by chopping down an existing Tree and planting a new one in its place. This method is generally a good way to plant foreign fruit, especially when you have only one piece of that fruit. Very occasionally, Trees will be stunted. This means that they grow past their sapling stage, but won't grow higher thereafter.

Now, armed with this knowledge, have fun planting and organizing your town's Trees to reap their rewards day after day!