Sam Van Aken’s Magical Tree Bears 40 Types of Fruit

Sam Van Aken, an artist and professor at Syracuse University, has Frankenstein-ed together a tree that bears 40 different types of fruit, including peaches, plums, apricots and almonds. The “Tree of 40 Fruit” is the product of chip grafting—which works by splicing small branches of fruit varietals onto a main tree—and years of patience. Aside from producing loads of fruit, Aken has also configured the tree to evolve as a type of living art work. As the seasons change, each spliced-on branch reacts differently, constantly changing the tree’s shape, color and texture.