The Town Tree is the symbolic oak tree located at the center of the town's event plaza in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. At the beginning of the game, the player designated mayor participates in a commemoration ceremony at the event plaza with Isabelle and the town's villagers, and they plant a tree in the square's garden so that the town can have a symbol with which it can grow simultaneously. Although it is only a sapling at first, the Town Tree grows at a steady rate based on the amount of time (in both days and hours) that the game has been played; there are five separate growth stages that it goes through before maturing – its height, diameter, and number of leaf clusters increasing each time. In addition, the player can sit on the brick edging around the tree once it reaches a certain size. This will allow them to view a list of accomplishments and statistics, as well as the game credits, while a medley of the title screen, Tortimer Island, and Main Street themes plays.
During autumn, the Town Tree's leaves take on an orange color, gradually becoming browner until they fall off. The tree is completely bare in the winter, but once spring comes back around, the tree regains its leaves like the other deciduous trees.
Stages of growth
- 5 days and 5 hours
- 20 days and 20 hours
- 50 days and 50 hours (the player can view the list of accomplishments from this stage onwards)
- 100 days and 100 hours
- 180 days and 180 hours
- 300 days and 300 hours
- 500 days and 500 hours (fully grown)