God, Hope & Helping Others
People that have been allowed to visit heaven say that there are trees along the river of life that grow many types of fruit on the same tree. The ones that have tasted the fruit from those trees say it's the juiciest and most delicious fruits they had ever tasted. While nothing like the fruit trees in heaven, there are now trees that produce 40 different types of fruit all in one tree!
Sam Van Aken has grown a new type of tree that produces 40 different types of stone fruit each year. Working with a pool of over 250 varieties of stone fruit he began to study how each of them would blossom and began grafting them onto a working tree's root structure.
When the tree was about two years old Van Aken used chip grafting to add more varieties to add new varieties on various branches. After about five years and many grafted branches, Van Ken's first tree of 40 Fruit was complete. Some of the fruit produced are plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, cherries and almonds.
So far Van Aken has grown 16 trees of 40 fruit so far and they been planted in museums, community centers and private art collections around the US.