Here again to bring newer players some insight and long-term players some wisdom they may not have already known. The Lemon Tree is one of the most sought after in-game items. It is also one of the hardest to acquire as it is not available in any form other than through a Mystery Box. Because of this, each player only has a 10% chance of obtaining a Lemon Tree which makes it that much more desired. I’m going to give you a brief history on the Lemon Tree and it’s impact on your town.
For those of you who do not already know the Lemon Tree actually is a very historic and famous tree in the city of Springfield. It was planted over 100 years ago around the same time that Jebediah Springfield and Shelbyville Manhattan were founding Springfield and Shelbyville respectively. At the time the lemon was the sweetest fruit around hence the planting of this tree.
Just about all we know of the history of the Lemon Tree comes from the 127th Simpsons episode titled “Lemon of Troy” (Season 6, Episode 24). In this episode the children of Shelbyville hatch a plan and steal the Lemon Tree from its sacred resting place in Springfield. The children of Springfield, having realized the theft by the Shelbyville kids, conspire to get their tree back. The tree ends up in a Shelbyville impound lot and Bart devises a plan to hide, with others, in Flanders’ RV and park it illegally in order to get it impounded as well and it was returned to its rightful spot and has remained there ever since.
TopixFact: Tourists to Springfield are forbidden from picking or eating the fruit of the Lemon Tree due to the radioactive hum quietly emanating from all the fruit of Springfield.
The Lemon Tree is the ONLY income generating item available that does not display a stack of cash or dollar sign when it is ready to be collected. Instead, it displays a basket of lemons. With the initial release of Tapped Out in early 2012, each player had the ability to steal the Lemon Tree from a neighbor and after 24 hours the tree could be stolen back. This is an obvious reference to the fact that the tree was stolen in the lone episode debut of this item. Fearing a rash of thievery and negativity EA pulled the ability to steal the tree when the game was re-released in September of 2012. Here are a few other facts about the Lemon Tree in the game:
- The Lemon Tree was the first income generating decoration introduced to Tapped Out
- Aside from the recent glitch with the release of Krustyland, you are only permitted to have 1 Lemon Tree
- It is possible to obtain the Lemon Tree for free if you haven’t acquired it yet and receive one in the 5th day Mystery Box reward.
How to obtain: Through purchase or reward of a Mystery Box
Requirements: None, item is available at Level 1
Size: 3 X 3 squares
Income: $200, 20 XP
Generation time: Every 6 hours or 4 donuts to rush generation
Item Action Quote: Sweet Sweet Lemonade
Placement: Springfield only. Cannot be placed on the beach or Boardwalk
Can be sold/stored: Item cannot be SOLD or STORED
TopixFact: The Lemon Tree and the Houseboat are the ONLY decorations in the game to generate income that are available full-time. There are past items that do however they are not available anymore. However the Lemon Tree is the only one with no requirements to acquire.
Having the Lemon Tree in your town is purely a matter of sheer luck. Whether you should make any and all attempts to obtain it is strictly your call, however, it is probably the most unique item to have. While it doesn’t contribute to the Conform-O-Meter in any way it still is a good item to have. It earns a bit of extra income and if your lucky you can win one without spending a single dime allowing you to instantly profit from the first collection. The files and all of the sites say there is a 10% chance of winning one through the purchase of a Mystery Box but honestly I now have 3 towns (I know : () and have acquired a Lemon Tree in all 3 towns almost instantly. The most it has ever cost me for one was 4 Mystery Boxes. My first advise would be to wait it out for the 5th day Mystery Box reward, there’s really no need to buy one if every 5 days you get one free. Everyone I’ve ever heard from on this topic have all received their Lemon Tree fairly quick in a free Mystery Box. The good thing about this item is it is permanent so it’s not going anywhere. It does add that unique touch to your town when you do win one though. I love the Lemon Tree, in fact, it is the first item I look for in a friends town to tap on. While I can’t say go right now and buy it, it is an item I think all towns should have. The fact that it is a reward certainly puts a smile on my face whenever I see it glowing in my town. Thanks for reading!