Sex Change: Science agrees with Saint Sambandhar

5000 year old yew tree

5000 year old Yew Tree (from The Guradian News paper)

Research Article Written by London swaminathan

Date: 3 November 2015

Post No:2297

Time uploaded in London :–  15-31

(Thanks  for the pictures) 



What a Tamil saint reported about sex change of trees 1300 years ago is confirmed by scientists today.

London newspapers have published an interesting news time this morning which featured a sex change by a Yew tree. Scientists have reported, probably for the first time, such a change. But we already know that certain lower organisms and a few fishes change sex. Here a 5000 year old Yew male tree became a female tree and started giving berries/fruits.

Here is the London Newspaper Story:–

The Fortingall Yew in Perthshire has always been recorded as male but has started sprouting berries – something only female yew trees do.

The UK’s oldest tree, thought to be up to 5,000 years old, is undergoing a “sex change”.

Records have always noted the Fortingall Yew in Perthshire as a male tree but it has recently started sprouting berries – something only female yew trees do.

Experts at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh spotted three berries on a high branch of the tree, located in the churchyard of the village of Fortingall, Perthshire, and have now taken them for analysis as part of a conservation project.

Dr Max Coleman, of the Royal Botanic Garden, said yew trees have been known to change sex before but discovering the process on “such a special tree is what makes this a special story”.

The Fortingall Yew is believed to be between 3,000 and 5,000 years old, and is one of the oldest living organisms in Europe.

It has survived the ravages of time and the attention of eager tourists, who in previous centuries took clippings from it as souvenirs.

The trunk changed shape many years ago and has lost its centre and one side, and the tree is now protected by a small wall.

Coleman said: “Yew trees are male or female usually and it is pretty easy to spot which is which in autumn – males have tiny things that produce pollen and females have bright red berries from autumn into winter.

“This process may have happened before but we know the Fortingall Yew has been classed as male for hundreds of years through records.


My comments:

This is what the Boy Wonder of Tamil Nadu did 1300 years ago with a Palmyra tree (please see below). One may wonder how Sambandhar, the miracle boy, did it at once. Saints can alter time, interfere with time and go beyond the time. This I have explained in my previous post:

Time Travel by Two Tamil saints, posted on 14th February 2012.

Following is the Palmyra Tree Miracle Story:

From my old post: — “Tree Miracle and Statue Miracle of a Saivaite Saint”, posted on 4th March 2013


Thirugnana Sambandhar was a child prodigy. He started composing poems when he was three years old. We know many other child prodigies from different parts of the world who composed poems. But there is a big difference between Sambandhar and those poets. He composed devotional poems in different metres and genres. Though he did compose them 1300 years ago still they are used by millions of Tamil Hindus. His words had miraculous powers. Whatever he wanted to achieve, he achieved them through his verses. His poems led to a big moral and religious reformation. Above all, though we lost several thousands of his verses, we have more than 4000 of them today.

Hundreds of miracles happened during Sambandhar’s life.

When Sambandhar visited Tiruvothur he saw a devotee crying. The devotee raised some Palmyra trees so that he can use the income for his community service in the Shiva temple. By rare coincidence all the trees were male trees and did not yield fruits. Atheists were mocking at him and teased him asking when his god would yield him fruits. When Sambandhar asked him the reason for his sad face, he told him about the male only Palmyra trees. Later Sambandhar visited the Shiva temple and looked at the Palmyra trees and he sang ten verses in praise of the Lord and said the male trees will yield (Kurumpai Aan Panai Eenum in Tamil). Next minute all the trees bloomed and bore plenty of Palmyra fruits!


Dr R Nagasamy, renowned historian and archaeologist, has quoted the Sanskrit lines from the Upamanyu Bhakta Vilasam giving the same meaning: “Tala: pumamsa: sruthvai they bhavanthu paritha: palai:”


Once again it proved that what our scriptures say has scientific background.