You may be familiar with grafting, a plant propagation technique commonly used in horticulture. Well, one man has taken the practice to a whole new level, grafting peaches, apricots and 38 other types of fruit into a single tree. Meet Sam Van Aken, artist and professor at Syracuse University, master of the 40 fruit tree phenomenon.
With trees as his canvas and colorful blossoms as his palette, Van Aken has quite literally created living artwork, providing onlookers with ever-changing displays of beauty as one season goes into the next and as the trees grow.
"Each variety blossoms at a slightly different time," Van Aken said.
Because of the time required for the trees to develop and the grafts to adhere, the creation process takes nearly a decade to complete.
So far, Van Aken has created more than a dozen 40 fruit trees, planted at various sites around the U.S.
"When you come out here and the trees are all in blossom, it's really kind of an amazing experience," Sam said. "Plus you get fruit all summer."
Watch the video below to learn more.
H/T: Nat Geo