(Set of 5 stamps, issued January 23, 2012).
The first stamp depicts a Sierra juniper in semi-cascade style,
in which the tip projects over the pot rim but does not extend below the base.
Second is a trident maple in informal upright style,
in which the trunk bends slightly to the left or right.
Third is a black pine in formal upright style, with the trunk straight and
tapering evenly, with symmetrical branches, from base to apex.
Fourth is an azalea plant in multiple-trunk style, with several
trunks emerging from one root system.
The fifth and final stamp shows a banyan in cascade style, in which the trunk evokes a stream
flowing down a mountainside, with the tip extending below the pot's base.
Art director and stamp designer Ethel Kessler worked with
Hilo, Hawaii Artist John D. Dawson.
These were issued as ForeverŪ stamps, which are always equal in value to the current
First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.
this video for additional
background on this set.
Also, for a different perspective but one still very legitimate and authorized,
see these custom postage stamps from
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