Tree of 40 Fruits

Over the last few months the “Tree of 40 Fruits” has been trending all over the internet and traditional media. Here is the Smithsonian Magazine article about this tree and the person who developed it, Sam Van Aken. Here is Sam Van Aken’s own page and here is a YouTube Video about it. There have been lots of stories about this tree some simply amazed and some calling it a hoax. It is not a hoax, The techniques that Sam Van Aken used to create the many “Trees of 40 Fruits” that he has made are the same techniques that nurseries and orchardists use to create the tree fruit planted in gardens and orchards around the world. His trees are based on the graft compatibility of most types of plums, apricots, peaches, nectarines and almonds. He has done a nice job of researching blossom colors and the relative dates when each cultivar grafted on his trees to design a tree with many colors of blossoms that should bloom for a few weeks in most climatic zones. And then there is the multi colored fruit and prolonged harvest from early summer into the fall. Great job well done!

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