Animal Crossing New Horizons Shrubs - Bushes

Shrubs and bushes in Animal Crossing New Horizons are a new type of plant that you can get and grow on your island from the new vendor, Leif. Since they’re a new feature, people have been asking a lot of questions about shrubs in ACNH. Like, for example, how do I get and grow Animal Crossing New Horizons shrubs? And, maybe more importantly, can you cross-breed bushes in the game and make your own hybrids? Well, we’ll be answering these questions in our Animal Crossing New Horizons Shrubs – Bushes guide.

Animal Crossing New Horizons Shrubs - Bushes
Animal Crossing New Horizons Shrubs – Bushes

How to Get & Grow Shrubs into Bushes in Animal Crossing New Horizons?

To get and grow Animal Crossing New Horizons shrubs, the first order of business is finding the terrifying-looking sloth, Leif, on your island. For more info on that, check out our When Does Leif Come in Animal Crossing – No Leif on Nature Day guide. Every time he arrives, Lief sells you four different shrub starters (280 Bells a pop, 1.400 Bells for five). He also sells flowers that are often not native to your island, and buys Weeds for twice the money than Nook corner, so keep that in mind.

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Once you purchase the shrub starters you want, simply plant them like you would plant flowers. It’ll take a few days to grow, and will only sprout flowers if the season is right. Last, but not least, you’ll find a list of all the shrubs you can buy in the game (at least, at the time of writing) below.

  • Blue hydrangea
  • Holly
  • Orange tea olive
  • Pink azalea
  • Pink camellia
  • Pink hydrangea
  • Red camellia
  • Red hibiscus
  • White azalea
  • Yellow hibiscus
  • Yellow tea olive

Can You Cross-Breed Shrubs & Get New Bushes in Animal Crossing New Horizons?

No, you cannot cross-breed Animal Crossing New Horizons shrubs and make your own, hybrid bushes. The only way to obtain shrubs is to purchase the starters from Leif and grow them. Maybe this feature will become available in a future patch, but I wouldn’t put any money on that. Either way, at the time of writing, cross-breeding bushes just isn’t a thing you can do in New Horizons, and it’s not likely you ever will. Hate to break your heart like this; I’m just the messenger.

So, that’s pretty much all you need to know about shrubs in Animal Crossing New Horizons. If you need more help, feel free to check out some of our other guides we’ve written on the subject. To name just a few, we’ve got articles like Fishing Tournament Rewards, Golden Trout – Where & When to Catch, and Mabel Store – Able Sisters Clothing Shop.

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