Thanks to chip grafting, artist Sam Van Aken was able to grow the incredible “Tree of 40 Fruit,” a hybrid tree that can harvest over 40 varieties of stone fruits in various colors. Van Aken used this process in order to preserve a number of valuable stone fruit varieties that have been marketed out of existence. Continue reading for a video and more information.
“The Tree of 40 Fruit is an ongoing series of hybridized fruit trees by contemporary artist Sam Van Aken. Each unique Tree of 40 Fruit grows over forty different types of stone fruit including peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and almonds. Sculpted through the process of grafting, the Tree of 40 Fruit blossom in variegated tones of pink, crimson and white in spring, and in summer bear a multitude of fruit. Primarily composed of native and antique varieties the Tree of 40 Fruit are a form of conversation, preserving heirloom stone fruit varieties that are not commercially produced or available,” reports Laughing Squid.