Everyone loves the majesty of cherry blossoms, and the newest hot Nintendo Switch title, you can enjoy them on your island as a nice decorative addition. Lucky for you, you can get sakura blossom trees in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The process to getting these great items for your island is a bit involved though, and much like in the real world, they’re a seasonal commodity.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons has a full seasonal simulation, which runs in real-time; this system tracks the passage of time and makes it so that over time and as the season’s change, the resources you gather and the stuff you craft changes too. For those in the Northern Hemisphere, the game released in early Spring. In the Southern Hemisphere, it’s Autumn.
Cherry-blossom trees, or sakura trees in Japan, are a simple and easy way to spruce up your island in certain times of the year. Your NPC neighbors love them too and will comment on the blossoms floating around when they do spring out.
How to get cherry-blossom trees in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
The trees are actually already present on your island, you just have to wait to find them.
Every island comes with three tree types: cedar, hardwood, and fruit. The hardwood trees are the ones your after for sakura blossom trees. Hardwood trees are the generic-looking trees that don’t produce fruit, in case you needed to know. The other trees in the game can produce pears, cherries, and apples which can be a reliable source of Bells, but a beautiful cosmetic upgrade has some value to the more creative Animal Crossing: New Horizons player.
In the Spring, sakura blossom trees in Animal Crossing: New Horizons will sprout the blossoms you’re after, but you need to find them first. Isabelle (or Tom Nook, depending on how far you are in the game) will announce this happening when you talk to them, marking the time when you should start looking for the trees you want.
Once you’ve found the tree, use the Shovel to uproot it and move it somewhere else for planting.