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Flowering Trees

Flowering trees can play an important role in a garden’s color scheme before other plants are in full bloom. A flowering tree can achieve a seasonal show of color year after year, even without much care. Portrayed in an old-fashioned botanical print style, this stamp art is a collection of flowering trees native to different geographic regions of North America.
 

Flowering Trees Issue

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32c Southern Magnolia approved stamp art
32c Southern Magnolia approved stamp art

Southern Magnolia approved stamp art
ISSUE Flowering Trees
MEDIUM paper; gouache
ILLUSTRATOR John Dawson
ART DIRECTOR Howard Paine
FIRST DAY OF ISSUE March 19, 1998

The Southern Magnolia is an evergreen tree that can reach 100 feet in height. Ordinary seedling trees may take 15 years to blossom and then bear flowers, which can grow up to twelve inches in diameter. The magnolia’s seeds hang from the cone by white silky threads.

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Southern Magnolia stamp
Southern Magnolia stamp

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32c Blue Paloverde approved stamp art
32c Blue Paloverde approved stamp art

Blue Paloverde approved stamp art
ISSUE Flowering Trees
MEDIUM paper; gouache
ILLUSTRATOR John Dawson
ART DIRECTOR Howard Paine
FIRST DAY OF ISSUE March 19, 1998

This flowering tree, actually a legume, is found in the dry landscape and gardens of the American Southwest. Its small funnel-shaped flowers have five yellow petals, and its seeds are found in yellowish-brown pods. The fragrant flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies, and birds.

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Blue Paloverde stamp
Blue Paloverde stamp

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32c Yellow Poplar approved stamp art
32c Yellow Poplar approved stamp art

Yellow Poplar approved stamp art
ISSUE Flowering Trees
MEDIUM paper; gouache
ILLUSTRATOR John Dawson
ART DIRECTOR Howard Paine
FIRST DAY OF ISSUE March 19, 1998

This flowering tree, commonly called the tulip tree, is native to North America and is found in the eastern half of the United States. The tree is used as a shade tree. In June and July, it bears large greenish-white flowers displaying an orange band near the base.

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Yellow Poplar stamp
Yellow Poplar stamp

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32c Prairie Crabapple approved stamp art
32c Prairie Crabapple approved stamp art

Prairie Crabapple approved stamp art
ISSUE Flowering Trees
MEDIUM paper; gouache
ILLUSTRATOR John Dawson
ART DIRECTOR Howard Paine
FIRST DAY OF ISSUE March 19, 1998

The Prairie Crabapple flower is the blossom from the Prairie Crabapple tree, an ornamental tree found throughout the Midwest. The bloom of the tree in a garden, after its deep pink buds open to white flowers, is spectacular. Blossom colors can range from a pearly white to a deep red.

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Prairie Crabapple stamp
Prairie Crabapple stamp

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32c Southern Magnolia approved stamp art
32c Pacific Dogwood approved stamp art

Pacific Dogwood approved stamp art
ISSUE Flowering Trees
MEDIUM paper; gouache
ILLUSTRATOR John Dawson
ART DIRECTOR Howard Paine
FIRST DAY OF ISSUE March 19, 1998

Regarded as one of the most beautiful American flowering trees, the Dogwood produces multi-petaled flowers, each up to four inches across. Usually white, but sometimes pink or near-red, these flowers bloom in early spring. In autumn they turn flaming red, coinciding with the ripening of the small red berrylike fruits.

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Pacific Dogwood stamp
Pacific Dogwood stamp