Animal Crossing Shrubs Guide: Kinds and Where to Get Them

Animal Crossing shrubs are back and up for sale. Here's what kinds you can get and when they'll burst into bloom.

Animal Crossing shrubs are back and up for sale. Here's what kinds you can get and when they'll burst into bloom.

Animal Crossing shrubs are making a comeback thanks to New Horizons‘ 1.2 update. Leif the happy sloth is back, peddling hard-to-find flowers and flowering shrubs. It’s not just for the Nature Day celebration running through early May either; it’s the only way you can get bushes in Animal Crossing.

Our Animal Crossing shrubs guide breaks down when Leif comes to town and what each type of shrub available is in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Shrubs Guide

When and Where Leif Visits

Leif comes to your island the same as any other wandering tourist like Sahara or Kicks. It seems like he’s available today for everyone, in honor of Nature Day and the new update. We don’t know if he’ll be around tomorrow too, or if he disappears after the event is over.

If we had to guess, based on previous games, we’d wager Leif probably sets up shop with the Nooklings again after a while. We’ll update when we know for sure, though.

When he is in town, Leif will set up in front of Resident Services at the start of each day (5 a.m.) and stay there until 4:59 a.m. the following morning. The main attraction is, of course, the variety of flowering shrubs he sells for 280 Bells apiece, but he also offers rarer flowers like cosmos and mums.

On top of that, he’ll buy your weeds for double the Nooklings’ price — 20 Bells per bundle.

Animal Crossing Shrubs: Varieties and Bloom Season

Leif mentions his special offer today is the azalea shrub, which is also in season. Unfortunately, he doesn’t say what the bloom seasons are for the other shrubs he sells, but that’s where we come in.

Here are all the Animal Crossing bushes you can get and when they bloom. Note that these are all the ones we know of for now, though Nintendo could add more in future updates as well.

Spring Bushes

  • Pink Azalea
  • White Azalea

Summer Bushes

  • Red Hibiscus
  • Yellow Hibiscus
  • Blue Hydrangea
  • Pink Hydrangea

Fall Bushes

  • Orange Tea Olive
  • Yellow Tea Olive

Winter Bushes

  • Pink Camellia
  • Red Camellia
  • Holly

You can still buy and plant shrubs out of season. They just won’t have any flowers (or berries, in holly’s case) until their season arrives.

Once you’ve got your desired shrub, you can plant it the same as you would any other flower. We don’t yet know whether there’s any kind of cross-breeding you can do with shrubs, so watering may or may not be something you want to do.

And as always, it’s best to dig holes for where you want to plant each bush, just so you have better control over where they end up.

Finally, you’ll get some extra Nook Miles for planting shrubs: a big Nook Miles+ bonus in honor of Nature Day and then a regular series of Nook Miles bonuses for planting a set number of bushes.

That’s everything you need to know about Animal Crossing shrubs and how to get them. Be sure to check out our other Animal Crossing: New Horizons guides for more tips and tricks, including:

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Josh Broadwell

Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.