A professor at the Syracuse University has created hybridised fruit tree, akin to the ones found in the fairy tales. The hybrid tree created by Sam Van Aken can bloom in different colours and 40 different kinds of fruits grow on it.
This one tree is a complete fruit garden with 40 various types of stone fruits growing on it including the peaches, cherries, almonds, apricots, and plums.
Van Aken said that he believes that the trees are a source of inspiration that could change the perspective of the people who look at them:
“First and foremost I see the tree as an artwork. I want the tree to interrupt and transform the everyday. When the tree unexpectedly blossoms in different colours, or you see these kinds of fruit hanging from its branches, it not only changes the way you look at it, but it changes the way you perceive [things] in general.”
See more images of the Tree of 40 Fruits below:
Thus far, Van Aken has created 16 such trees for museums, private collections, and community centres. He is currently working on his plan for a small New York City orchard of these fantastical trees.