An American artist has found roots in his agricultural upbringing. Award-winning contemporary artist and Syracuse University art professor Sam Van Aken has created a tree that bears 40 different types of fruit.
Through a process called grafting, the artist has spliced cuttings from 40 different varieties of trees onto one central trunk. The result is a stunning display of colourful blossoms each spring. During fruit bearing months, The Tree of 40 Fruit grows over forty different types of stone fruit including peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and almonds.
“By grafting these different varieties onto the tree in a certain order I can essentially sculpt how the tree is to blossom,” he says. “I’ve been told by people that have [a tree] at their home that it provides the perfect amount and perfect variety of fruit.”
To date, the artist has created 16 of these incredible eatable freaks of nature. Want to own one for yourself? They are available for private collections, and Van Aken has placed trees in museums and community centers around the United States.
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