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This Tree Is Absolutely Stunning, But What Makes It So Special Is Everything That Grows From It

It sounds like something out of a fairytale: a tree that blooms in a gorgeous color and produces a bounty of every kind of fruit you can imagine. Artist and Syracuse University art professor Sam Van Aken envisioned such a thing and set out to make "The Tree of 40 Fruits" a reality.

He visualized a tree that would be incredible in form and function.


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Van Aken grew up on a farm in Reading, Pennsylvania. There, he learned about an agricultural technique called grafting, which joins two genetically similar plants to make a hybrid.


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For "The Tree of 40 Fruits,” he focused on stone fruits, sometimes known as drupes to botanists. Stone fruits have an outer fleshy part that surrounds a shelled seed. Apricots, cherries, peaches, plums, dates, and mangos fall under this classification.


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Although the trees start off looking like a mad scientist's project, they show an artist's touch when they bloom in the spring.


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The tree's 40 fruits range from nectarines to almonds, and bloom in tandem over the course of several months.


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The oldest of Van Aken's trees are three years old, but even the young saplings are a stunning tribute to biodiversity and the wonder of the natural world.


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