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Are my trees dying in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

Have you noticed your Animal Crossing: New Horizons trees getting darker? When wandering around your island paradise it can be slightly concerning to see that the once-vibrant trees are seemingly starting to become unhealthy. With that, one important question comes to mind: “Are my trees dying in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

In this guide, we’ll cover whether or not trees can die in the debut Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch game.

Are my trees dying in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

Are my trees dying in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Firstly, we aren’t talking about seasonal changes that occur naturally to healthy trees here. Your trees will change throughout the year and that isn’t any cause for concern, but it is when trees start to turn dark in the middle of a season and stand out from the crowd.

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If this happens, then yes, your Animal Crossing: New Horizons trees are most likely dying. For veterans of the series, this won’t come as any surprise, but for everyone else (and vets that need a refresher) here’s how to properly care for trees in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

How to stop trees dying in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

  • Give all of your trees plenty of space to spread their roots and grow
  • Do not plant your trees too close to:
    • Buildings
    • Water
    • Other trees

How to move trees in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

  • Eat a piece of fruit
  • Equip your shovel and dig a tree up
  • Use the shovel to dig a hole in a desirable location
  • Enter your inventory, select the tree, then select the “Plant” option

Unlike flowers, you never need to water a tree to ensure its continued health in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Some trees will inevitably die of natural causes even if you give them ample space, but by following this guide you can definitely minimize your losses.