This an artist’s rendition (not the actual tree) of the Tree of 40 Fruit created by artist Sam Van Aken. It’s a hybrid tree he created by grafting trees together, because there are people who do that sort of thing. It can grow over 40 varieties of stone fruits, hence the name.
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 forty 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 conversation, preserving heirloom stone fruit varieties that are not commercially produced or available.
National Geographic recently interviewed Van Aken. Here’s video.
(via Laughing Squid)