Nature is full of marvelous plants, and when you combine some of them into a single tree, the results can be mind-blowing.
Meet Sam Van Aken, an artist and professor at Syracuse University who creates trees that each bear 40 different varieties of fruits, through a process known as ‘chip grafting.’ This 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. The result? Simply amazing!
The video below shows the “Tree of 40 Fruit” blossom in many hues of pink and purple. Van Aken has 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. “It’s a work of art’ he says.
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