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A tree changes sex at 3,000 years of age

A tree changes sex at 3,000 years of age

Nov 292020

The scientists explained that this is not something exceptional.

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A male yew tree considered one of the oldest trees in the UK found near Brecon, (Powys, Wales) changed sex at 3,000 years, drawing the attention of locals by suddenly producing berries, reports The Brecon and Radnor Express.

 

As strange as it may seem, specialists maintain that this is normal for conifers. Max Coleman, a specialist at the Royal Botanical Garden, assures that the sex change usually occurs "in part of the crown, instead of in the whole tree".

In fact, yew is a dioecious species, meaning they are of one sex or the other. Male trees have tiny cones that release pollen clouds during the breeding season, while females have bright red berries.

 

A tree changes sex at 3,000 years of age

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