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All the Animal Crossing: New Horizons shrubs available and how to plant them

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons shrubs are a great way to decorate your island, along with trees, flowers, and of course, furniture. They're a brand new addition to the game and work a little bit like flowers, but also a little bit like trees. 

You can buy New Horizons shrubs from Leif, the returning nature-loving sloth, who will appear as one of the weekly Animal Crossing: New Horizons visitors (opens in new tab). He'll offer a range of shrubs each week, along with flowers that don't grow natively on your island. 

Here's everything you need to know about Animal Crossing: New Horizons shrubs:

All the known Animal Crossing: New Horizons shrubs

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These are currently all the shrubs available in New Horizons and when they will bloom. Otherwise, they'll just look like a normal, flowerless shrub.

  • Azaleas (white and pink) - Bloom from mid-April to late May
  • Camelias (pink and red) - Bloom from early February to late March
  • Hibiscus (red and yellow) - Bloom from late July to mid-September
  • Holly (red) - Bloom from early November to late December
  • Hydrangeas (blue and pink) - Bloom from early June to mid-July
  • Tea Olives (orange and yellow) - Bloom from late September to late October

How to plant a shrub starter

Planting a shrub is as simple as planting a flower. You don't have to dig a hole beforehand, but it does make them easier to place if you have a specific design in mind. You just go into your pockets, pick the shrub you want to plant and then just plant it. Shrubs away!

Things to note about Animal Crossing: New Horizons shrubs

  1. Unlike Animal Crossing: New Horizons flowers (opens in new tab), shrubs can't be crossbred to make hybrid colors and variants. 
  2. Shrubs don't need to be watered
  3. You can't walk through a shrub like you can flowers
  4. Can be dug up at any time, even fully grown, without the aid of fruit
  5. Snails will slime over them during rainy weather

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