This Crazy Tree Grows 40 Kinds of Fruit | National Geographic







Sam Van Aken, an artist and professor at Syracuse University, uses “chip grafting” to create trees that each bear 40 different varieties of stone fruits, or fruits with pits. The grafting process involves slicing a bit of a branch with a bud from a tree of one of the varieties and inserting it into a slit in a branch on the “working tree,” then wrapping the wound with tape until it heals and the bud starts to grow into a new branch. Over several years he adds slices of branches from other varieties to the working tree. In the spring the “Tree of 40 Fruit” has blossoms in many hues of pink and purple, and in the summer it begins to bear the fruits in sequence—Van Aken says it’s both a work of art and a time line of the varieties’ blossoming and fruiting. He’s created more than a dozen of the trees that have been planted at sites such as museums around the U.S., which he sees as a way to spread diversity on a small scale.
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Revelation 22: 2In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Wow wow wow I respect your passion and patience.
Bravo 👏 dude I bet they like $20000 a pop yeh 😉😉 8-9 years holy moly
Keep us updated your making friends and We all wanna see how the trees are getting on👍

Totally awsome! You've found your passion and must be living in hog heaven! I love nothing more than getting my hands in the dirt and planting seed/cuttings then watching in amazement as these miraculous plants grow! And even better, we can eat them! Or their fruit!

Its not genetic crossing. Its simple cloning, using a living tree as your growing medium essentially. Imagine cutting clones of a plant, and then placing them in a pvc hydroponic system. Its just like that, only the tree is the hydroponics system basically. The genetics are not crossing.

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