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USPS Bonsai Tree Forever First Class Postage Stamps

USPS Bonsai Tree Forever First Class Postage Stamps

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With these five Bonsai (Forever) stamps, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the beauty of bonsai. The word "bonsai" (Japanese for "plant in a pot") refers to the art of cultivating plants — usually trees — in trays, pots, or other containers. Favorite bonsai plants include evergreens, maples, and azaleas, but many other trees and shrubs are also suitable. One of the common styles of bonsai is shown on each of these five stamps. 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. The plants depicted are roughly 15 to 20 inches tall. Although no one knows when the first bonsai was created, it is generally accepted that Buddhist monks brought the practice from China to Japan about a thousand years ago. The bonsai collection at the National Arboretum began in 1976 when the Nippon Bonsai Association in Tokyo, Japan, presented the people of the United States with 53 plants as part of the U.S. bicentennial commemoration. A bonsai master begins with seeds, cuttings, a naturally stunted tree, or a very young tree. Over time, he or she prunes the roots and branches, uses wire to shape and "train" the branches, and sometimes scrapes or peels bark to achieve desired effects. The plant is watered and repotted when necessary, and can live a hundred years or more. Art director and stamp designer Ethel Kessler worked with artist John D. Dawson on the "Bonsai" stamps.

Issued 2012 but valid forever the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
Nydia North
Postage stamps

Good service, got exactly what I ordered. I have used these before and they work great.

Zebulon Xanthe
Very good and nice stamps

If you need stamps... well they're right here. Very good and nice stamps. Not too big and not too small. Stamps.

Magic LL
Saves me a trip to the post office

Easy to order, rather then going to post office

F. Greene
Postage stamps

Good service, got exactly what I ordered. I have used these before and they work great.

Love these stamps

I love bansai tree's and I like how these stamps look in person.
I got the stamps within a couple of days so that was nice to have when I needed them.