This Crazy Tree Grows 40 Kinds of Fruit | National Geographic

Sam Van Aken, an artist and professor at Syracuse University, uses “chip grafting” to create trees that each bear 40 different varieties of stone fruits, or fruits with pits. The grafting process involves slicing a bit of a branch with a bud from a tree of one of the varieties and inserting it into a slit in a branch on the “working tree,” then wrapping the wound with tape until it heals and the bud starts to grow into a new branch. Over several years he adds slices of branches from other varieties to the working tree. In the spring the “Tree of 40 Fruit” has blossoms in many hues of pink and purple, and in the summer it begins to bear the fruits in sequence—Van Aken says it’s both a work of art and a time line of the varieties’ blossoming and fruiting. He’s created more than a dozen of the trees that have been planted at sites such as museums around the U.S., which he sees as a way to spread diversity on a small scale.
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50 Comments

  1. PolishKokos93 on March 25, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    Wow! One day I might just travel there to see that tree.
    I love plums and when I was a kid, I used to klimb one tree with litle plums.

  2. Starmio Miniatures Vlog on March 25, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    Cool idea!

  3. Seen on March 25, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    my dad used to try and do that, it never worked for him the part just dies lol

  4. Stew Ray on March 25, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    its like the vedic ‘desire trees’

  5. nowras taissir on March 25, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Amazing

  6. Olivea Rodriguez on March 25, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    I’ve never seen one and now I want to learn how to do this my self this would be such a fun project but a couple trees to make one massive huge peace of living art that feeds you and gives you the pleasure of viewing all the differences as they grow

  7. Steven Sheath on March 25, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    This video is so inspiring. I have always wanted to move my art practice towards arborsculpture and then I saw this video and it opened my mind further. I moved back in with my parents after graduating just before the lockdown and haven’t been able to have an artist practice, but this video inspired me to graft onto the trees in our garden.

  8. Uday Pradhan on March 25, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Just seeing him talk don’t know why it makes me feel that he’s very humble and nice person…

  9. e &co on March 25, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    People are crazy not tree..

  10. Sammy Ritz on March 25, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    I can’t explain this RN

    Mind blown 🤯🤯

    GOD BLESS YOU

  11. Mala Fanai on March 25, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Such hardwork such patience such a human ❤️❤️❤️

  12. Mr. Aloha on March 25, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    This guy is a awesome to come up with an idea like that and made come true… I would luv to have a tree like that…. how much??? I’ll take one

  13. Sam Sam Time out on March 25, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    That sounds wrong

  14. Realest Nerd on March 25, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    I want to buy a 🌲 of him

  15. Giorgos Key on March 25, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    What’s the base tree? Cherry?

  16. Precy Gonzaga on March 25, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    Wow..

  17. Susmita Soumin on March 25, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    When I was a little girl, i used to wonder about such tree which could grow different kind of fruits and flowers… I spent hours just thinking about this kind of charismatic tree.
    When i saw the felt like "Oh MY God! my dream came true! "

  18. Denikeonhealth on March 25, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    Magnificent 😻💚 it’s been 5 years, we need updates 😀💚

  19. Parafox Louise on March 25, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    How awesome …what a fantastic tree …great idea great concept.

  20. Kea 2021 on March 25, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    I would never need a grocery store ever again!! Not kidding!!💕

  21. Mr. Antonio Onaone on March 25, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    9years???? omg

  22. Planetary Queen on March 25, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    The issues with it

    You will never harvest enough of one specific fruits .

    The main tree Always can be complete the rest of the fruits incomplete . As mention never produce enough .

    Not to mention that the process is unnatural

    When crafted with same bread or just a single one is more ok

  23. Mitch Barte on March 25, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    I think you called it grafting…

  24. bwill8706 on March 25, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    Random guy: Only god can create something out of nothing.

    Sam Van Aken: Hold my beer.

    It’s only a joke, don’t take it too seriously.

  25. Corry Star on March 25, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    😎 cool

  26. Deadpool on March 25, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    You eat this fruit, you are sure to get cancer. Don’t mess with nature.

  27. Aljone Jackson on March 25, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Hi. Any update on these trees?😁

  28. Dan on March 25, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    We making the forbidden fruit tree sims 4 in IRL 🙂

  29. Rob Gloginja on March 25, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    This tree in Australia = amazing!!

  30. Sarah Adawiyah on March 25, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    *ITS ALL HAPPY ENDING UNTIL SOMEONE CUT DOWN THE TREE*

  31. Goldy Olvido Baroa on March 25, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Genus!

  32. John Parras on March 25, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Waw

  33. Strengthen _ on March 25, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    It would be cool to have a tree that produces fruit all year long

  34. dottyy7 on March 25, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    GENIUS

  35. K S on March 25, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    So you can now compare apples with oranges

  36. sticknstonesbrkbones on March 25, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    So much for knowing a tree by its fruit.

  37. Saloni Patil on March 25, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    What is the original base of this tree?

  38. %Fantasy Romance% on March 26, 2021 at 12:00 am

    When I’m child I heard this tree that had 40 different fruits and a guy that had 40 or maybe 41 Name in his Full name.

  39. innovation on March 26, 2021 at 12:01 am

    2 or3 i have seen but 40 never heard about that must look cool

  40. Golem1 on March 26, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Awesome

  41. Freedom Isdead on March 26, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Why you 1diots didn t simply show the Tree, the only thing i saw is an edited video showing only 2 different variety. Not 40!

  42. cute pink rabbit on March 26, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Ah grafting!!

  43. Michelle Gröper on March 26, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Nice to meet you, algorithm

  44. Donald May on March 26, 2021 at 12:12 am

    Me: looking for espn

    Youtube: Yes so u decided to grow fruit

  45. Fried Burner on March 26, 2021 at 12:15 am

    The tree: Kill Me! Please Kill me …

  46. Planet Jigobot TV on March 26, 2021 at 12:15 am

    That’s cool

  47. QwQ on March 26, 2021 at 12:17 am

    That’s awesome actually

  48. Liam Buck on March 26, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Yeah its called grafting dumb f**ks

  49. Martin Budinský on March 26, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Insteresting idea? Sure. A good one? Not so much.

  50. clean sheet on March 26, 2021 at 12:21 am

    The power of Allah

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