You’ll need a town full of trees to collect the wood and fruit you need to thrive. Here’s all the info you need, including whether trees have to be watered.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Do you need to water trees?
Trees are mostly randomly generated at the beginning of your island getaway. However, you’ll be able to plant brand new saplings and bury fruit to grow more.
You don’t have to water your trees to let them grow. If your trees are dying before they’re fully grown, you’re probably doing something else wrong.
Where do I plant trees?
Trees can be planted anywhere in your town that’s outside and covered in grass or soil. You’ll need a shovel to start with, and just dig a hole, pick the sapling or fruit from your pocket, and put it in the ground.
Whatever you do, don’t plant them in a tile next to buildings, walls, or water. This goes for all other kinds of permanent structure, and applies even if you terraform your land to change these properties.
Trees take 3 days to grow, and can be cut down with an axe. The stump will remain, and this can be dug up with a shovel.
Even if you’ve taken all this into account though, sometimes your tree will just not go where you want it to. Occasionally, trees will just die off without warning, so if you’re trying to harvest foreign fruit, it’s best to plant a couple of backup trees just to make sure.
If you’re trying to plant fruit trees to make money, it’s worth checking out our guide on how to make Bells quickly for more tips. In addition, you’ll want to start earning Nook Miles fast, so we’ve got you a page for that too.