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The Tree of 40 Fruit, a project by Sam Van Aken, associate professor of sculpture in the School of Art, is a single grafted tree with the capacity to grow more than 40 different varieties of stone fruit, including peach, plum, apricot, nectarine, cherry, and almond. Created through the process of grafting, the Tree of 40 Fruit appears as a normal fruit tree throughout the majority of the year until spring, when it blossoms in variegated tones of pink, white, and crimson, and summer, when it becomes laden with a multitude of fruit.

Primarily composed of antique and native stone fruit varieties, the Tree of 40 Fruit is a form of conservation, preserving rare, unknown, or now forgotten cultivars that are not commercially available.

Van Aken and the Tree of 40 Fruit were recently featured in a National Geographic video.