The Tree of 40 Fruit

The Tree of 40 Fruit



Art & Technology


Syracuse University


Researchers: Sam van Aken and Cait Finley

The Tree of 40 Fruit is an ongoing series of hybridized fruit trees by contemporary artist Sam Van Aken. Each unique Tree of 40 Fruit grows over 40 different types of stone fruit, including peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and almonds. Sculpted through the process of grafting, the Tree of 40 Fruit blossom in variegated tones of pink, crimson, and white in spring and in summer bear a multitude of fruit. Primarily composed of native and antique varieties, the Tree of 40 Fruit are a form of conservation, preserving heirloom stone fruit varieties that are not commercially produced or available.