Sam Van Aken This Magical Tree Produces 40 Different Types of Fruit

Science Alert Jun 21, 2018

Sam Van Aken grew up on a family farm before pursuing a career as an artist. Now he works as an art professor at Syracuse University, but his most famous achievement - the incredible Tree of 40 Fruit - combines his knowledge of agriculture and art.

In 2008, Van Aken learned that an orchard at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station was about to be shut down due to a lack of funding. This single orchard grew a great number of heirloom, antique, and native varieties of stone fruit, and some of these were 150 to 200 years old.

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