American university professor Sam van Aken, who has several art awards to his name, started working on the idea named the “Tree of 40 Fruit” back in 2008.
In order to create a tree in which different fruits are grown, he took to the multi-fruit trees chip grafting method. Van Aken said his creation is an ‘artwork’: “When the tree unexpectedly blossoms in different colors, or you see these different types of fruit hanging from its branches, it not only changes the way you look at it, but it changes the way you perceive [things] in general.”
Van Aken roams around New York State in February every year, picking 12-18″ inch parts from different stone fruit trees. He prefers this specific variety because of their special capabilities. When spring comes, the buds begin to heal and become new after the pieces are intertwined together.
This results in new grafting in the tree and it turns every branch into different kinds of fruits. After the process is complete, the color-coding procedure takes place on white paper that becomes an indicator as to which fruit will grow on which branch.
According to arynews.tv¸ every tree comes with its own fruit types that are carefully picked on basis of color and its bloom. Van Aken’s tree will be having six different kinds of plums along with peach, three apricots and two nectarines. The production process of different fruits on each tree takes nearly five years.