Chip Grafting Enables a Single Tree to Bear 40 Different Varieties of Fruit

After six years of experimentation, San Van Aken has stumbled on the future of fruit.
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After six years of experimentation, San Van Aken has stumbled on the future of fruit.
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Sculptor Sam Van Aken has created a piece of art that is as nourishing to the body as it is to the mind and soul. The Tree of 40 Fruit is a hybridized fruit tree created via grafting.

This incredible tree grows all manner of stone fruits, including cherries, aprocots, plums, nectarines and peaches. You can even find almonds growing among the tree's vibrant foliage.

The Tree of 40 Fruit changes drastically in appearance throughout the year, as its various fruits blossom. In the spring, it's pink, white and deep red. In the summer, it's covered in fruit.

Gawker reports that many of the tree's 40 fruits are heirloom varieties that are unavailable or hard to get elsewhere.

Sam Van Aken's unusual fruit tree represents one potential future of agriculture in which we grow multiple fruits and vegetables in a single hybrid tree.