Tree pluribus unum: Professor mixes botany, art to create Trees of 40 Fruits

August 19, 2015 5:17 AM

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In this Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 photo, Sam Van Aken points out plum varieties on a tree at a nursery at Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y. Van Aken has stocked the campus nursery where he does his grafting with hard-to-find antique and heirloom varieties, some from an old research orchard. He has collected more than 40 varieties of plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots, cherries and almonds he can graft on to his trees. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Peaches, apricots, nectarines and rare plums can all grow on just one of Sam Van Aken's fruit trees.

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