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The mystical Truffala trees — made popular by Dr. Seuss via The Lorax — are not the only wondrous branchy forms that are worthy of storytelling fame.
Professor Sam Van Aken of Syracuse University has artfully grafted a tree that may appear unremarkable until the spring, when it blossoms with fruits of 40 different varieties, creating a magical facade worthy of standing next to a mighty Truffala tree.
The tree project began in 2008 as a part of an art project. In a previous interview with USA TODAY, Van Aken said there was always a ‘mysticism’ around grafting — the technique he used to produce the fruit-bearing tree.