It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Stardew Valley is all about farming. However, what precisely that farming encapsulates can be up for question. Players naturally assume that farming in the game means cultivating, harvesting, and selling crops.
While it’s true that a significant part of farming in Stardew Valley is related to crops – it isn’t entirely limited to it. Aside from farming through animals and foraging, you can also grow Fruit Trees in Stardew Valley!
What Are Fruit Trees?
Fruit Trees are unique trees in Stardew Valley that can produce one fruit per day. They take 28 days to mature fully, and the fruit grown depends upon the type of the tree. Fruit Trees can accumulate 3 fruits before becoming entirely ready for harvest.
As I’ve explained above, Fruit Trees are special trees. They grow from saplings produced by seeds, and you will not have to water them like your other crops. They have to be planted in untilled soil and automatically produce fruit each day after fully maturing, which takes 28 days in total. A single tree can hold a maximum of 3 pieces of fruit.
Additionally, Fruit Trees do not die in the Winter season. In fact, they actually continue their growth cycle during the winter too! (Although, they do stop producing fruit once the snowy month comes around).
If you, god forbid, chop or destroy a Fruit Tree – you will receive ordinary pieces of Wood. Fruits produced by these trees are also affected by the quality mechanic, which depends upon the tree’s age. One, two, and three-year-old Fruit Trees produce Silver, Gold, and Iridium quality fruits, respectively.
Optimal Fruit Tree Spacing in Stardew Valley
All Fruit Trees have the same spacing requirements regardless of their type. Each of these has to be planted in a free 3-by-3 area. This means there must be no objects within this 3×3 region (except for artifact spots).
Other Fruit Trees are also not an exception to this rule. The game won’t let you place a tree within a 3×3 vicinity of another! Thus, it is vital for you to know the optimal spacing for Fruit Trees so you do not waste space or, worse, have them not grow!
Ideally, keeping 2 tiles worth of distance in every direction of a Fruit Tree would be best. These two tiles should remain empty – or the tree will not grow. Be careful when planting these since there is no way of retrieving them once planted (unless you destroy the tree).
This 3×3 empty region condition only applies to saplings (Fruit Trees that have not grown). Once a tree fully matures, its growth cycle stops. This means that once your Fruit Tree is fully grown, the 3×3 condition is lifted. As such, you can then place objects around the tree!
There are 5 stages in the growth cycle of each Fruit Tree, which can be identified by a change in appearance or an increase in the size of the tree. The first four last for 7 days each, whereas the final stage is permanent once your tree fully matures. These growth stages can indicate when you can start utilizing the space near a Fruit Tree!
If you’re still confused about the ideal spacing for Fruit Trees, take the picture below as an example. This is what you should be targeting for your space utilization!
How Many Fruit Trees Are There?
As of the latest update, you will have access to 8 types of Fruit Trees in Stardew Valley. Each of these has its own characteristics, such as the season they can be planted in, sale price, restoration properties, and the like.
The table below summarizes all such significant properties! (Note that the sale price and restoration indicated for each fruit are the base values based on the minimal quality and exclude bonuses from applicable perks such as the Tiller profession. These will increase with higher quality fruit).
|Energy / HP
|38 / 17
|38 / 17
|75 x Mussel
|100 / 45
|5 x Dragon Tooth
|75 / 33
|38 / 17
|38 / 17
|38 / 17
|Artisan / Fodder
|38 / 17
|Artisan / Enchanter’s
Additional information on these can be viewed on the official Stardew Valley Wiki!
You can purchase a set of all 6 primary Fruit Trees from Pierre’s General Store for an eye-watering 25,400g! Banana and Mango trees, on the other hand, need to be purchased from the Island Trader.
You can also find these Fruit Tree seeds in the Traveling Cart’s stock if you’re lucky enough. Now, that you know the optimal spacing for Fruit Trees, check out the best layout for your Junimo Huts!