Lemon Tree in Japan Bears Eleven Kinds of Fruit!

Dr. Frankencitrus, I presume?Dr. Frankencitrus, I presume?
A 71-year-old farmer has found a unique solution to Japan's chronic shortage of space: grow 11 different kinds of fruit on a single tree! Manabu Fukushima of Onga, Fukuoka prefecture, combines natural horticultural skill, a lot of time and the kindness of neighbors to create one of the oddest trees you'll ever see: a very confused Lemon tree that bears ten other citrus fruits - and Fukushima isn't done yet!

"Next year I want to increase the varieties," according to the smiling farmer, and he'll likely be true to his words based on previous success. In fact, the only thing stopping him may be a lack of suitable citrus fruit "scions" for him to graft.

At present, Fukushima's 30-year-old Lemon tree also bears distinctive Japanese citrus fruits like Dekopon, Hassaku Orange, Iyoyan, Amanatsu and Banpeiyu (a variety of Pummelo).

That's the key word here: "graft"... the art of adding branches to an existing tree. It's actually quite a common practice used by orchardists worldwide, though not to the extent that Japan's Fukushima has. Grafts usually take up to three years before bearing fruit but the spry farmer has had abundant time in which to perfect his technique.

He also enjoys the support of his neighbors, who have provided him with citrus tree saplings from their own trees for the past 15 years. His odd tree has become a local tourist attraction and, says Fukushima, "the harvesting is really fun." (via Mainichi Daily News)

Steve Levenstein
Japanese Innovations Writer

Jan 3, 2008
by sir jorge (not verified)


That is too awesome! I love that idea.

Jan 3, 2008
by tikiloungelizard (not verified)

You can buy grafted trees

You can buy grafted trees with up to 8 different kinds of one fruit (all apples, or all citrus, for example) online from the Fruit Salad Tree company, in Australia. Each graft costs about $22 AUS.

Jan 3, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)


My dad already does that with apples and pears on his land in the northwestern US. On maybe a few acres of land, he has over a hundred different species (subspecies?) of apples represented. You don't actually get more fruit of it, so the article is a bit misleading. There's still only so many fruit-bearing branches that a single tree can support. You just get more variety on the trees you do have.

The primary benefit of grafting is taking a species of fruit that has a good, healthy base / stump and grafting on branches from other species with delicious fruit that might not be as sturdy, naturally.

Feb 11, 2009
by Anonymous

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