The tree that bears forty different fruits

By Jion Legaspi

The tree that bears forty different fruits
A professor from Syracuse University in New York created a tree that produces forty different fruits.

Art professor Sam Van Aken created the tree through chip grafting, which involves taking smaller branches from a tree and grafting it onto another, bigger tree.

The fruits in the tree include peaches, apricots, cherries, nectarines and plums – all stone fruits.

Professor Sam Van Aken, who is also an artist, sees the tree as a work of art. In Spring, it blossoms in differing shades of blue and pink.

The tree was planted in 2011 but will be in “peak” blossom in three or four years, according to Van Aken.

He has created 16 similar trees in museums, community centres and private art collections around the US.

Van Aken says it’s both a work of art and a time line of the varieties’ blossoming and fruiting.

Would you plant one of these trees in your backyard?




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