So, the Orchard feature in FrontierVille is definitely nearing a release, as we've now been given the option to purchase three new trees/bushes from the in-game store, along with sending three other trees to our friends via the game's free gifts page. If you purchase one of the three trees in the store, you'll also have access to completing one of three matching collections, which reward even more trees. See where we're going with this? It looks like - very soon - our time in FrontierVille might turn into something resembling "all trees, all the time."
The three new trees are the Plum Tree, Raspberry Bush and the Almond Tree. Before you get too excited, however, know that all three cost Horseshoes, so you can't buy them cheap. A single Raspberry Bush costs 50 Horseshoes, a Plum Tree costs 30 Horseshoes, and an Almond Tree costs 20 Horseshoes. While these are definitely expensive, I doubt it's time to raise your pitchforks and torches just yet, as Zynga has been known to overprice items in the store, only to give them away for free by completing missions or other tasks sometime down the line. As difficult as it might be, now might be the time to practice a bit of willpower to see what truly develops before handing over that many Horseshoes for a single tree.
Want to see what you'll earn by finishing these three collections? Meet us behind the break. Once you have at least one of these trees or a Raspberry Bush on your land, you can go to work completing the corresponding collections. The Almond Collection requires you to find a variety of food items that contain Almonds, as seen below.
For finishing it, you'll receive another Almond Tree and 50 XP.
For the Plum Collection, you'll need to find either flowers from the Plum Tree itself, or products that contain Plums (as you'd expect).
For finishing the Plum Collection, you'll receive another Plum Tree and 50 XP.
Finally, the Raspberry Collection is incredibly similar, containing food items or parts of the bushes themselves that you must collect by tending to the bushes already on your land.
For finishing this final collection, you'll receive another Raspberry Bush (easily the most valuable prize, as of this writing), and 50 XP.
All told, these collections are incredibly self-explanatory, but might also be incredibly difficult (or at least expensive) to finish, depending on what other methods - if any - Zynga decides to give us for adding them to our Homesteads. We'll make sure to keep you updated as/if your options grow.
What do you think of these three new trees? Which one is your favorite? Will you spend that many Horseshoes on a single tree, or do you think Zynga will release free or at least cheaper ways to acquire them in the future? Sound off in the comments