When you cut down trees, you can cut them down to the stump, and then you can cut the stump down too:

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If you don't cut these stumps down, do they do anything? I'm trying to figure out if there's any reason why I should leave them alone.

Like, do they eventually grow into new trees or something?

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    You means specifically doing something active, right? I'm curious about that too! (Though in this game, I consider “passively taking up space” as significant. :) Mar 6, 2016 at 20:12
  • If my updated answer is now sufficient, please feel free to mark it as accepted for possible future viewers.
    – Sean
    Apr 8, 2016 at 16:25

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After some testing, it does appear that non-fruit bearing trees do NOT re-grow from stumps.

This information is taken from the updated Wiki page:

Non-Fruiting trees take 10 to 12 days to grow from being planted, as long as the tiles in a two tile radius remain clear. They will grow at a reduced rate if other objects occupy part of this area and will not grow beyond a sapling if there is another tree directly adjacent. Once fully grown, the surrounding area can be paved with no ill effects on the tree, although doing so will prevent seeds from being dropped. These trees do not regrow from a stump, a new seed must always be planted.


Perhaps there is something wrong with the game version or savefile I'm using, but according to my tests, stumps have two notable properties for me:

  1. They continue to drop seeds/cones/acorns like full-size trees.
  2. They do not grow back into trees. I've backed up my savefile and essentially slept through two seasons (while clearing seeds and debris around the stumps) to verify this. I tried varying the spacing between stumps and the tree type with no effect.

This is with Stardew Valley from GoG, v1.05. I don't know if it makes any difference, but I cut the trees down with an iridium axe. (Maybe the iridium is radioactive and kills trees while simultaneously making them sprout seeds from the stumps?)

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    I noticed that stumps don't grow back for me either, which is why I unaccepted one of the other previous answers. Maybe it depends on which version of the game you have, or maybe it's a bug, I'm not sure.
    – DarthPizza
    Mar 21, 2016 at 13:08
  • I have updated my answer after testing.
    – Sean
    Mar 24, 2016 at 11:38

They don't do anything except taking space and growing back to a tree after 10 days.

Normally, new trees take a long time to spawn (small tree appears, then grows to a big tree) if you chop them down completely. Therefore if you are planning to farm wood, leave the stumps; if not then chop the stump too.

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    Now it seems that it's confirmed stumps don't regrow.
    – xji
    Mar 25, 2016 at 19:11
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    See twitter.com/ConcernedApe/status/711010819861970944, answer by the game developer Concerned Ape.
    – xji
    Mar 25, 2016 at 19:27
  • I feel like this a detail that was changed. Also I think that trees outside the farm actually grow back, but I might be mistaken. Aug 13, 2017 at 5:45

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