As if trees weren’t already majestic enough, we meet a tree called the “Tree of 40 Fruit” because it can indeed grow up to 40 different fruits which includes peaches, nectarines, apricots and almonds.
With years of nurturing care from artist and Syracuse University professor Sam Van Aken, the tree branches produce buds of various varieties.
Using “chip grafting,” this artist and professor created trees that bear 40 different varieties of fruits—blossoming into hues of pink and purple. Witness the growth of these magnificent plants.
Artist impression / credit Sam Van Aken
Dozens of the trees have been planted throughout the U.S. To find out if there’s one near you, click here. Each tree is purposely planted in locations where people will see them in order to spark interest.
“Part of the idea behind the Tree of 40 Fruit was to plant them in locations that people would stumble upon them,” said Van Aken speaking to National Geographic in the video below. “And once they happened upon one of these trees, they would start to question ‘Why are the leaves shaped differently?’ ‘Why are they different colors?’”
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