The Q&A Archives: Multiple Fruits On One Tree

Question: Last spring I read an article on one tree that produces numerous fruits (i.e., peaches, plums etc.). Is this possible? How would the fruit taste? Would you carry it? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Answer: The type of tree you describe is available, and is a popular choice for gardeners who'd like lots of different fruits, but don't have space for separate trees. Peaches, plums and cherries are all members of the 'prunus' family. A branch from each is grafted onto a prunus (or compatible) rootstock, making a tree that will bear each of these fruits. You must be careful not to prune the grafted branches off, or you'll lose your crop of that fruit. The fruit should be comparable in size and flavor to the same variety of fruit that's grown on a single tree. Apple trees can be grafted with different kinds of apples, as well. These 'fruit cocktail' trees are available from Parks Seed catalog. Contact them at park Seed, Inc., 1 Parkton Ave., Greenwood, SC 29647 (phone (864) 223-7333). Be sure to compare your gardening zone to the ones listed for the trees; not all varieties will grow in all climates.

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