Believe It or Not: This Amazing Tree Grows 40 Different Kinds of Fruit

07/23/2015 at 04:31 PM ET

Fruit Tree

This is going to blow your mind.

In a video profiling artist and Syracuse University professor Sam Van Aken, viewers are introduced to his extremely interesting hobby.

The four-minute National Geographic feature shows Aken using his “chip grafting” method, which involves slicing a section of a branch and inserting a bud from a desired fruit tree, taping the wound until it’s able to take on the task of growing separate fruits by itself. After a year-long wait, the tree would offer up 40 varieties of stone fruits.

“The project is for me, always an art project,” Aken says in the video. “I was really interested in the idea of a hoax in terms of a hoax transforms reality.”

To keep things organized, Aken has a diagram of the tree to track the growing patterns of the different sections.

“I start a tree and I let it grow for about three years,” says Aken. “At that point, I can start to graft off to those branches.”

The process, he reveals, takes 8 to 9 years in total because each year sees twice the number of branches, with grafting.

“Unlike previous artworks that I have made, these things continuously evolve,” he says.

—Grace Gavilanes

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Guest on

It’s beautiful and the kind of thing I imagine to see in Heaven someday.

lisa on

This would be wonderful for a neighborhood!

anon on

Heavenly tree.

Anonymous on

Wow amazing.

robert11011 on

Reblogged this on robert11011's Blog and commented:
And it’s not gmo…

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Abdul Wohab on

Your program makes me a fruit gardener. How i can communicate you?

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