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A Magical Tree producing 40 different kinds of Fruits

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A  Professor of Arts department from Syracuse university in the U.S., Van Aken
grew up on a family farm before pursuing a profession as an artist, and
has combined his learnings of the two to develop his exceptional Tree of 40 Fruit.

In
2008, Van Aken understood that orchard at the New York State
Agricultural Experiment Station was about to be shut down due to a lack
of funding. This single orchard developed an attractive amount of
heirloom, antique, and native varieties of stone fruit, and some of
these were 150 to 200 years old. To lose this orchard would render many
of these rare and old varieties
of fruit extinct, so to preserve them, Van Aken bought the orchard, and
spent the following years figuring out how to graft parts of the trees onto a single fruit tree.

Working with a pool of over 250 varieties of stone fruit, Van Aken
developed a timeline of when each of them blossom in relationship to
each other and started grafting a few onto a working tree’s root
structure. Once the working tree was about two years old, Van Aken used a
technique called chip grafting
to add more varieties on as separate branches. This technique involves
taking a sliver off a fruit tree that includes the bud, and inserting
that into an incision in the working tree. It’s then taped into place,
and left to sit and heal over winter. If all goes well, the branch will
be pruned back to encourage it to grow as a normal branch on the working
tree.
After about five years and several grafted branches, Van Aken’s first Tree of 40 Fruit was complete.
Aken’s
Tree of 40 Fruit looks like a normal tree for most of the year, but in
spring it reveals a stunning patchwork of pink, white, red and purple
blossoms, which turn into an array of plums, peaches, apricots,
nectarines, cherries and almonds during the summer months, all of which are rare and unique varieties. 
Not
only is it a beautiful specimen, but it’s also helping to preserve the
diversity of the world’s stone fruit. Stone fruits are selected for
commercial growing based first and foremost on how long they keep, then
how large they grow, then how they look, and lastly how they taste. This
means that there are thousands of stone fruit varieties in the world,
but only a very select few are considered commercially viable, even if
they aren’t the best tasting, or most nutritious ones. 
Van Aken
has grown 16 Trees of 40 Fruit so far, and they’ve been planted in
museums, community centres, and private art collections around the US.
He now plans to grow a small orchard of these trees in a city setting.
Of course, the obvious question that remains is what happens to all the fruit that gets harvested from these trees? Van Aken told Lauren Salkeld at Epicurious:
I’ve
been told by people that have [a tree] at their home that it provides
the perfect amount and perfect variety of fruit. So rather than having
one variety that produces more than you know what to do with, it
provides good amounts of each of the 40 varieties. Since all of these
fruit ripen at different times, from July through October, you also
aren’t inundated.”
Source: Epicurious

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