Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) Guides

Bush Types & Colors List, Blooming Season Dates

Bushes, or Shrubs, have been added to Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) as an exciting new landscaping option for your island! Learn how to get bushes, see every bush type and color, and a few tips on where you can plant them.

While fences, trees, and flowers have been a great way to decorate islands so far in New Horizons, the introduction of bushes brings a whole new level to island landscaping! They’re great for lining your paths and be placed in some locations that trees typically won’t survive.

How To Get & Purchase Bushes

You can purchase new bush starts from Leif’s Flower Shop outside of Resident Services in Animal Crossing: New Horizons while he’s visiting your island. Unfortunately, this occurs rather randomly and you can’t control much about Leif’s frequency or when he will appear.

When Leif does appear on your island, he’ll always be selling two different types of bushes at a time, and both available colors for those bush types. From our experience so far, one of the bush types Leif sells will always be the current ‘in season’ blooming bush. The other bush type he carries seems to be randomly selected.

Every bush costs 280 Bells each to purchase a ‘start’ from Leif, or 1400 Bells to buy a bulk pack of 5 bush starts. You can purchase bushes from Leif when visiting other islands too for a potentially different selection.

Every Bush Type and Color Variety List

There are 11 different bushes or shrubs you can grow in total for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, comprising 6 unique types with color variants for most bushes. We have photo icons for every type of bush below in each color and hope to add in-game photos for them all soon.

Azalea Bushes: Pink & White

The Azalea Bushes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons have Pink and White color variants costing 280 Bells each from Leif’s Flower Shop. They bloom April 11th to May 31st in the Northern Hemisphere, and October 11th to November 30th in the Southern Hemisphere.

Camellia Bushes: Pink & Red

The Camellia Bushes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons have Pink and Red color variants costing 280 Bells each from Leif’s Flower Shop. They bloom January 1st to March 31st in the Northern Hemisphere, and June 16th to September 30th in the Southern Hemisphere.

Notably, there is a short period following the Camellia Bushes where there are no bushes of any type in blooming seasons. This takes place during the Cherry Blossom season from April 1st to 10th in the Northern Hemisphere, and October 1st to 10th in the Southern Hemisphere.

Hibiscus Bushes: Red & Yellow

The Hibiscus Bushes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons have Red and Yellow color variants costing 280 Bells each from Leif’s Flower Shop. They bloom July 21st to September 20th in the Northern Hemisphere, and January 21st to March 20th in the Southern Hemisphere.

Holly Bush

The Holly Bush in Animal Crossing: New Horizons has only one version costing 280 Bells each from Leif’s Flower Shop. They bloom November 1st to December 31st in the Northern Hemisphere, and May 1st to June 15th in the Southern Hemisphere.

Hydrangea Bushes: Blue & Pink

The Hydrangea Bushes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons have Blue and Pink color variants costing 280 Bells each from Leif’s Flower Shop. They bloom June 1st to July 20th in the Northern Hemisphere, and December 1st to January 20th in the Southern Hemisphere.

Tea Olive Bushes: Orange & Yellow

The Tea Olive Bushes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons have Orange and Yellow color variants costing 280 Bells each from Leif’s Flower Shop. They bloom September 21st to October 30th in the Northern Hemisphere, and March 21st to April 30th in the Southern Hemisphere.

These bushes were previously known as Sweet Olives in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

Bush Type Seasons — What’s Currently In Bloom?

Like in past Animal Crossing games, each bush type has a unique blooming season where the bushes of that kind will sprout beautiful flowers or other decorations. During other times of the year when the bush is not blooming, it will simply display the basic leaves for that type of bush.

Furthermore, the current blooming in season bush type seems to affect the selection of new bushes that Leif will sell at his Flower Shop when visiting your island. He’s always guaranteed to sell whichever bush type is currently in season!

Bush Blooming Seasons for Northern Hemisphere

As of September 22nd when this guide was last updated, the current in season bush type for the Northern Hemisphere are the Tea Olive Bushes, replacing the Hibiscus Bushes previously in bloom. These are available for sale in both orange and yellow variants.

After that, beginning on November 1st, the Holly Bush will begin blooming in a single red variant. These will replace the outgoing Tea Olive Bushes.

For the complete season blooming date ranges for all bush types in the Northern Hemisphere, check out the table below charting when each bush will be in bloom on your island:

Bush TypeSeason Dates
Camellia BushesJanuary 1st to March 31st
Azalea BushesApril 11th to May 31st
Hydrangea BushesJune 1st to July 20th
Hibiscus BushesJuly 21st to September 20th
Tea Olive BushesSeptember 21st to October 30th
Holly BushNovember 1st to December 31st

Bush buds will always appear first for one day with the full blooming visuals appearing the next day after. If you time travel into a blooming period, the buds will still appear for one day first, even if it’s not the first day of the season.

Bush Blooming Seasons for Southern Hemisphere

As of September 22nd when this guide was last updated, the current in season bush type for the Southern Hemisphere are the Camellia Bushes. These are only available for sale in both pink and red color variants.

After that, beginning on October 1st, there will be no bushes blooming during the Cherry Blossom season — check out our guide to Cherry Blossom materials and recipes here! On October 11th, the Azalea Bushes will begin blooming in pink and white color variants.

For the complete season blooming date ranges for all bush types in the Southern Hemisphere, check out the table below charting when each bush will be in bloom on your island:

Bush TypeSeason Dates
Hydrangea BushesDecember 1st to January 20th
Hibiscus BushesJanuary 21st to March 20th
Tea Olive BushesMarch 21st to April 30th
Holly BushMay 1st to June 15th
Camellia BushesJune 16th to September 30th
Azalea BushesOctober 11th to November 30th

Bush buds will always appear first for one day with the full blooming visuals appearing the next day after. If you time travel into a blooming period, the buds will still appear for one day first, even if it’s not the first day of the season.

How To Plant Bushes On Your Island

Planting bushes on your island couldn’t be any easier! To plant a bush, just open your inventory and select the Plant option when pressing on a bush start that you’ve purchased from Leif. It works exactly the same as planting flower seeds.

If you want more control over your bush planting to get precise placements and eliminate the possibility for mistakes, you can use a shovel to dig a hole and directly bury the bush start into the hole. And by the way, you can easily move bushes simply by digging them up and re-planting. This applies even when the bush is in its smallest and least grown size!

Where Can Bushes Grow? Rules For Planting Bushes

If you played Animal Crossing: New Leaf on Nintendo 3DS, you’re no doubt familiar with the many restrictions bushes had in regard to places they could actually grow without dying. Good news though — the restrictions for bush planting appear to have been heavily relaxed!

It’s still early days for bushes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons so we don’t have a complete picture of every possible bush planting rule, but here’s a few examples below of situations where we can confirm bushes can be planted. A huge thanks goes to Mayor Brewster on Tumblr who performed these tests and took the screenshots seen below!

Bushes Can Be Planted Next To Rivers & Cliff Edges

Bushes Can Be Planted Between Houses and Trees

Bushes Can Be Planted Next To Inclines & Ramps

Bushes Can Be Planted Next To Beach Edges

Bushes Can Be Planted Next To Cliff Walls

We hope that this all helps you out with where you can plant bushes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons without having your starts wither away to death! Let us know in the comments below if you learn anything more about the rules of bush planting, especially if you encounter one that won’t grow.


Special thanks to Mogyay for researching and contributing information on the bloom dates of each bush type.

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