Have you heard of the tree of 40 fruit?

Combining art with nature has never looked so delicious!

Image: Different kinds of fruit at a farmer's market

Source: Pixabay

Today on Ever Widening Circles (EWC), we’ll be meeting Sam Van Aken, an artist and professor in Syracuse, New York who is creating sculptures in ways you’ve probably never seen before!

With a fascination for grafting, Van Aken went to work collecting various stone fruit trees from around the area, such as plums, apricots, almonds, peaches, nectarines, and cherries. Through a process that goes over years and years, Van Aken connects them so that they form one single living entity.

Here’s National Geographic with a short video of his story!

I can only hope to stumble across one of these in the spring to see all of those colors!

Image: The beautiful tree of 40 fruits

Source: Sam Van Aken

Can you imagine creating something that’ll be here for years and years after you’re gone, and will still remain immensely useful?

One tree of 40 fruit will preserve numerous species and be a yummy  supply for those in its surrounding area. Not to mention, it’ll be a continuously gorgeous springtime fixture when blossomed. Every year it would bring something new.

Combining species of trees in this way may be viewed as “messing with nature”, but what if it’ll just bring more needed attention? If you walked by this tree and noticed all of the different shaped leaves, flowers, and fruit, would you not stop to observe?

You can take a sneak peek at all of the trees Sam Van Aken has created by visiting his website, samvanaken.com

Keep yourself open to new possibilities, and happiness will stay nearby.


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  1. “This Crazy Tree Grows 40 Kinds of Fruit | National Geographic.” YouTube. National Geographic, 21 July 2015. Web. 19 May 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik3l4U_17bI>.

Sam has written and edited hundreds of articles since joining the EWC team in 2016. She writes about topics from the wonders of nature to the organizations changing the world and the simple joys in life! Outside of the EWC office, she’s a part-time printmaker, collector of knick-knacks, and taster of cheeses.