Gallery: Fruit Salad Trees Bear 6 Different Kinds of Fruit on One Plant...

 

They say money doesn’t grow on trees, but did you know a salad can? Over the past 20 years farmers James and Kerry West have developed what they called Fruit Salad Trees - one potted plant that can grow a variety of fruits all at once! The miracle plants come in varieties like citrus, stone fruits and multi-apples, growing all the ingredients for a delicious fruit salad on one plant!

The Wests dreamed up the fruit salad tree back in the early 1990s, and slowly began experimenting with saplings. By gradually cutting, taping together and grafting different kinds of trees, they finally were able to get the fruit bearers to harmonize, forming one unified tree.

The Fruit Salad Trees can bear up to six different kinds of fruits, like peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots and peachcots, or even oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit. Raised in Australia, the plants can be shipped worldwide, with a tree to suit every climate.

Urban farmers can even partake in the magic of the Fruit Salad Tree, as the plants do well in fields, but also in indoor planters. Fruit Salad Trees are a great way to grow a variety of home grown fruits when you have little space. They do say variety is the spice of life!

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Via ABC News

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8 Comments

  1. emily70 April 12, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    What is the cost, i would like to order 2

  2. Tyler Dean February 1, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Fruit Salad Tree Company, how hard is it to send shipments to another country, like America, when the buyer could pay for the shipping? What if someone who has bought one of your trees was to sell it to me? I really want one of these. Im willing to pay.

  3. Carol Sanders August 31, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Apple Pears are DELICIOUS though … in regards to the cross pollination comment :-)

  4. soapynurse August 25, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Fascinating.

  5. Mr.DwarfNerd July 2, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Very interesting! I shall research this and see what i can do! (maybe fruit cubes growing on the tree?) I shall share my research!
    ~The Dwarven Nerd

  6. Elaine Tate March 7, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    This is a awlsome tree. When i was a kid we lived in california and ORANGE trees were all around the house we lived in and a FIG tree as well also a BANANA tree but the whole time it only put out 1 banana anyway this FRUIT SALAD tree took me back to my childhood which i loved the life of california wished we would not have ever left. but its nice to have memories and thats ok

  7. Fruit Salad Tree Company October 18, 2012 at 5:51 am

    Just to clear up any confusion to the above article, we do not ship worldwide, only Australia at this stage. Eventually one day we may export overseas but currently at this stage, we found someone interested in Singapore who did all the research into exporting our trees to there and we’ve worked out a way to make it happen; so we do export to Singapore. This is the only country we currently export our trees to.

    In regards to the above comment, grafting fruits from the same family has been around for years. You can only graft the same families together – all stone fruits on 1 tree: plums, nectarines, apricots and peaches, all citrus on 1 tree: oranges, mandarins, lemon, grapefruit, tangelo, pomelo etc. The pear and the apples are from separate families. All the fruits retain their own individual characteristics e.g. flavour, size, ripening times etc.

  8. dee r October 12, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Interesting ide. However, do they mention what happens when those fruits cross-pollinate or if they do? You might end up with a blending of fruits that isn’t as harmonious as plumcot or peachcot. Genetic engineering, by chance. ;)

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