(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 Forever® 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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