Imagine a single tree with a variety of branches each producing it’s own type of fruit. You can harvest Plums, Peaches, nectarines, apricots and almonds while only having to maintain a single tree! This would be ideal if you don’t happen to have room for a full orchard in your backyard or garden! Well, Van Aken has done just that when he created the “Tree of 40 Fruit.”
His purpose in creating this tree was to create a piece of art. He wanted a Tree that bloomed all throughout the growing season with many different shades of color ranging from white to crimson and every shade of pink in-between. He did just that by grafting different types of stone fruit together over a period of roughly 5 years. He chose stone fruit because they are easily compatible with each other. Van Aken made sure to include antique, native and heirloom varieties of fruit which he acquired through local farmers to ensure the survival of rarer varieties of fruit in his Tree of 40 Fruit.