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This colorful tree is designed to grow 40 types of fruit


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#1 techbeck


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 19:48



Even the most beautiful trees tend to bloom in only a single color, but artist Sam Van Aken is growing trees that turn into a kaleidoscopic array of flowers come spring. A project of his, the "Tree of 40 Fruit," has Van Aken grafting 40 different stone fruit branches onto a single tree, ultimately creating a tree that will slowly begin blooming at the beginning of spring and continue through the season as different varieties hit their marks. Come summer, those will all begin to grow fruits, including different types of cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, and apricots.


Van Aken, who tells Epicurious that he grew up on a farm, uses a technique called grafting to combine the similar fruit types onto a single tree. His use of the technique is certainly on the uncommon side, though similarly expansive efforts have been done before — The Daily Mail reports that a man in England put 250 varieties of apples on a single tree. Van Aken's trees are certainly designed more for the art of their blooming, but there's a preservation element that he's bringing in to it too. Van Aken says that he tries to include local fruits on each of his trees, as well as varieties that aren't commercially available.




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Posted 08 August 2014 - 07:03

Must be confusing for the tree.

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 07:10

I'm no expert but that photo look very poorly photoshopped  :omg:

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 07:13

^ Different fruits have a variety of blossom colors.

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 07:25

We tried that with a few differently coloured cherries branches. It was fun. :laugh:

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 07:33

there goes Jesus saying: "you can recognize tree by their fruits"