Nature

This Tree Grows More Than 40 Different Kinds of Fruit

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It is rare to encounter a beautiful tree that bears over 40 different types of stone fruits. Professor Sam Van Aken from Syracuse University has used an ancient technique called “chip grafting” to achieve this wonder of nature.

He splices the branches of a variety of different fruit trees — including peach, nectarine, apricot and almond — onto a base branch called the “working tree.” The process requires a lot of time and patience, taking up to several years to achieve the final result. However, once finished, the fruit of Sam’s labor is a beautiful and enchanting tree with different shaped leaves and pink and purple blossoms.

Sam has planted many more trees similar to this one around the US and lists them on his Tree of 40 Fruit website.

In the video below the professor talks about his process.