Artist Projects

Tree of 40 Fruit


Sam Van Aken

The Tree of 40 Fruit is an ongoing series of unique hybridized fruit trees each of which have the capacity to grow over 40 different varieties of fruit from the family of stone fruit, which includes peach, plum, apricot, nectarine, cherry, and almond. Through sculpting by way of grafting, each tree is composed to blossom in variegated tones of pink and white throughout spring as they become burdened with a multitude of fruit through late summer and early fall.


The Trees of 40 Fruit are the beginning of a narrative. As a symbolic number found throughout western religion and culture, the number 40 symbolizes the infinite, a bounty that is beyond calculation. Like the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden, these trees are a potential; they are the beginning of a story that transforms the sites where they are located. 

Project Updates

  • 2014: Van Aken plants a Tree of 40 Fruit Grove at Thompson Point in Portland, Maine, and as part of the city of Portland’s federally funded initiative as an urban sustainable food center

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    Sam Van Aken

    Van Aken’s art combines sophisticated technology with traditional modes of art-making. His projects cross boundaries between artistic gen…

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