Have you ever dreamt of a single tree yielding 40 varieties of fruits? An incredible ‘magical’ tree has been discovered in US lately.
These trees- which can simultaneously yield different varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines and cherries- look ordinary for most part of the year.
But in spring, they bloom into a stunning array of colors, with each tree featuring its own unique selection of stone fruit.
Mr Van Aken began his project in 2008 when he discovered that a 200-years-old New York state orchard, which produced varieties of stone fruit was to be abandoned.
With an attempt to save those species, Sam bought the orchard and started experimenting with something known as ‘chip grafting.’
The process involves taking a sliver off a tree, including the bud, and inserting that into a cut in the working tree.
The foreign tree part is then taped and left to heal over the winter. Mr Van Aken explained that most stone-fruits are easily compatible.
The end result was ‘The tree of 40 fruits’, which is in fact, not one tree, but a series of hybridized fruit plants.
So far, Mr Van Aken has created and exhibited16 trees in museums, community centres and private art collections around the U.S..
In spring, the trees blossom in shades of pink, crimson and white, and in summer, they bear a range of stone fruit, as shown in Mr Van Aken’s CGI image.
‘I’ve been told by people that have [a tree] at their home that it provides the perfect amount and perfect variety of fruit,’ Mr Van Aken told Lauren Salkeld at Epicurious.
‘So rather than having one variety that produces more than you know what to do with, it provides good amounts of each of the 40 varieties.
‘Since all of these fruit ripen at different times, from July through October, you also aren’t inundated,’ he said.
Mr Van Aken’s trees can be spotted in cities across the U.S., including Santa Fe, New Mexico; Short Hills, New Jersey; Louisville, Kentucky and Pound Ridge, New York.