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Amazing Multi-Colored Tree Produces 40 Kinds of Fruits

Mich Escultura

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Have you ever wished you could grow a plant that produces multiple fruits? While this is entirely possible, Syracuse University professor Sam Van Aken has taken it up a notch by growing a tree that can produce up to 40 kinds of fruits. He calls it the Tree of 40 Fruits.

One tree, multiple fruits. Sam Van Aken has created a natural work of art!

He started off by experimenting and hybridizing the rare varieties of fruit he had saved from an orchard in New York. He did this by grafting parts of the many kinds of fruit trees onto a single tree. These grafted branches then grew to become part of the main tree, while still producing their original fruit. Alongside this, the trees would also bloom numerous multicolored flowers in the spring.

Van Aken’s trees are a sight to behold in the springtime when the different flowers have blossomed!

“First and foremost I see the tree as an artwork,” Sam Van Aken said, “I want the tree to interrupt and transform the everyday. When the tree unexpectedly blossoms in different colors, or you see these different types of fruit hanging from its branches, it not only changes the way you look at it, but it changes the way you perceive [things] in general.”

Each branch was grafted from a fruit-bearing plant, thus creating a multitude of fruits and flowers in one tree.

As of now, Sam Van Aken has grown 16 of these hybrid trees that are dispersed all throughout the United States in museums, community centers, and private art collections.

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Tree grafting is an ingenious yet doable means of creating your own hybrid trees, and it’s not that hard to do! You can follow in Sam Van Aken’s footsteps and create your very own hybrid tree!

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