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 return in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and are available to purchase from Leif’s Flower Shop for 280 Bells each. You can choose from two different color variants — Pink and White.
Camellia Bushes: Pink & Red
The Camellia Bushes are brand new in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and available to purchase from Leif’s Flower Shop for 280 Bells each. You can choose from two different color variants — Pink and Red.
Hibiscus Bushes: Red & Yellow
The Hibiscus Bushes return in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and are available to purchase from Leif’s Flower Shop for 280 Bells each. You can choose from two different color variants — Red and Yellow.
The Holly Bush returns in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and is available to purchase from Leif’s Flower Shop for 280 Bells each. There is only one version of this bush.
Hydrangea Bushes: Blue & Pink
The Hydrangea Bushes return in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and are available to purchase from Leif’s Flower Shop for 280 Bells each. You can choose from two different color variants — Blue and Pink.
Tea Olive Bushes: Orange & Yellow
The Tea Olive Bushes return in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and are available to purchase from Leif’s Flower Shop for 280 Bells each. You can choose from two different color variants — Orange and Yellow.
These bushes were previously known as Sweet Olives in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
Bush Type Seasons — What’s 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 May 11th, when this guide was last updated, the current in season bush type for the Northern Hemisphere are the Azalea Bushes. These are available for sale in both pink and white variants.
After that, beginning on June 1st, the Hydrangea Bushes will begin blooming in blue and pink variants, replacing the outgoing Azalea 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 Type||Season Dates|
|Azalea Bushes||April 11th to May 30th|
|Hydrangea Bushes||June 1st to July 20th|
|Hibiscus Bushes||July 21st to September 20th|
|Tea Olive Bushes||September 21st to October 30th|
|Holly Bush||November 1st to December 15th|
|Camellia Bushes||December 16th to March 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.
This data was contributed by Mogyay through extensive time traveling. We believe it to be as accurate, but small errors can happen when dealing with so many dates. Please let us know in the comments below if you have any information to add and help us out!
Bush Blooming Seasons for Southern Hemisphere
As of May 11th, when this guide was last updated, the current in season bush type for the Southern Hemisphere are the Holly Bushes. These are only available for sale in a single variant.
After that, beginning on June 16th, the Camellia Bushes will begin blooming in pink and red variants, replacing the outgoing Holly Bush.
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 Type||Season Dates|
|Azalea Bushes||October 11th to November 30th|
|Hydrangea Bushes||December 1st to January 20th|
|Hibiscus Bushes||January 21st to March 20th|
|Tea Olive Bushes||March 21st to April 30th|
|Holly Bush||May 1st to June 15th|
|Camellia Bushes||June 16th to September 30th|
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.