Botanic Latin names of 4 tree stamps issued in 2012?


The KSS has an online form through which people (members and non-members alike) can ask questions with regards to Korea and philately. Often we answer these questions directly, but occasionally a question which might even have looked simple when we received it can lead to complete articles containing new information about previously unknown items.

A recent question was this one: “Do you know the botanic latin names of 4 trees stamps value 270; issue 2012 year?” Well yes, as a matter of fact we do.

First off, the stamps are these four stamps, issued in May 2012 as part of the “Old & Historic Trees of Korea” series. The stamps, KPC 2854-2857 (Scott 2381 for the complete sheet), formed the fourth (and incidentally also the last) issue in this series.


What the fourth issue shows are trees which are each officially designated as a “Natural Monument”. The tree standing in the middle of a field of wheat is for instance “Natural Monument No. 493”. This particular tree even has its own individual name, “Honggosu”, and is well over 500(!) years old.

However, back to the question. So, what types of trees are these trees? They are:
KPC2854느티나무Zelkova serrataJapanese elm
KPC2855탱자나무Citrus trifoliataTrifoliate Orange
KPC2856이팝나무Chionanthus retususChinese Fringetree
KPC2857올벚나무Prunus itosakura(See Wikipedia)

Just for good measure, here are both the sheet and the new stamp leaflet:

New issue leaflet

Images in page copyright: 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost

Ivo Spanjersberg
Currently KSS Publisher/Webmaster, previously KSS Chairman (2018-2019). Living in Amsterdam. I collect Korean revenue stamps, see my website:

1 thought on “Botanic Latin names of 4 tree stamps issued in 2012?

  1. Thanks for reply at my question.
    I collect world stamps :flowers, plants, trees, fruits, vegetables classified by latin botanic name and familly? I have more 24.000 stamps.
    Kind regards

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