Amur cork tree

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Amur cork tree


Amur cork tree (Philodendron amurens)

The bark from the amur cork tree (Phellodendron amurense) is extracted to produce a yellow dye. The principal colorant is berberine.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Phellodendron amurense; kihada (Jap.); Japanese yellow wood

Physical and Chemical Properties

Autofluorescence = intense yellow

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Resources and Citations

  • S.Simoyama, Y.Noda, S.Katshuhara, "Non-Destructive Analysis of Ukiyo-E Prints" Dyes in History and Archaeology, No.15, Paper presented in Manchester England, Nov. 1996.
  • R.Feller, M.Curran, C.Bailie, 'Identification of Traditional Organic Colorants Employed in Japanese Prints and Determination of their Rates of Fading', Japanese Woodblock Prints, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, 1984