There is a man, Sam Van Akens, that has accomplished something truly amazing. In an ongoing series to fruit trees, he has created this amazing and beautiful tree. A tree that produces forty different types of stone fruits. There are almonds, plums, cherries, peaches, apricots, nectarines and many more. And it is a beautiful tree, too, in shades of white, pink and red. It looks normal until it blooms and then it just explodes into these beautiful colors and starts producing it’s variety of treats! From July until October, the tree is in bloom. And it has been said that the yield is the perfect mix of different fruits and amounts of each.
Van Akens has accomplished this feat by chip grafting together several varieties of these fruit trees. He places a sliver with a bud into the working tree and tapes it in place until it heals and takes in that limb as it’s own. His main source an orchard at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, which was leased when he learned it was to be torn down. After developing a timeline of the 250 varieties blossom patterns in relation to each other, he would graft a few onto the root structure of the tree. In about two years time, he begins the chip grafting process.
Each one takes about five years to complete. And there are about sixteen completed so far.
He has calculated the way each fruit blossoms, and he does the chip grafting in such a way that he is essentially planning the order of the fruit. It is amazing and such a beautiful tree to see.