Sam Van Aken is an artist and professor at Syracuse University with a strong passion for trees and nature. He managed to ‘create’ a tree that grows over 40 different kinds of fruit by using an ancient technique called “chip grafting”.
This tree grows over 40 different kinds of fruit, including: nectarines, peaches, apricots and almonds. You can imagine that such a living artwork requires a lot of skill, patience and time, but when you do what you do with all of your passion, results are bound to come in the most spectacular way imaginable.
Sam Van Aken splices branches with different buds from a large variety of fruit into the tree‘s branches and waits for these new branches to be ‘adopted’ by the mother tree.
“Part of the idea behind the Tree of 40 Fruit was to plant them in locations that people would stumble upon them,” said Sam Van Aken to National Geographic. “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?’”, he added.