The Tree of Forty Fruit

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Syracuse University professor and contemporary artist Sam Van Aken spent nine years growing a single tree. At TEDxManhattan, he introduces his work and art, combining sophisticated technology with traditional modes of art-making.

By using ancient graft techniques, the result is a single tree – a one-of-a-kind hybrid – that bears 40 varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines and cherries, and this year even almonds, grafted from various antique, heirloom and native fruit trees.

“I take a sliver off one of the trees that includes the bud, I insert it into a like-size incision in the working tree, tape it, let it sit and heal in all winter, then I prune it back and hope that it grows.”

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