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Artificial Cherry Blossom Trees

Artificial cherry blossom trees are a great way to incorporate the beauty and symbolism of cherry blossoms in your home or business. They capture the essence of the tree, but avoid the drawbacks that come with natural cherry blossoms.

 

TreeScapes and PlantWorks create faux cherry blossom trees for interior and exterior use. Our creations have been featured in restaurants, retail shops, and even movie sets!

 

Cherry blossoms are a natural choice for decor, but unfortunately, the trees have some unavoidable limitations. They’re not intended for indoor growth, so anyone who would like them inside should go with faux.

 

Their brief blooming period (1-2 weeks) means that there is a very small window of time for the tree to provide its gorgeous signature white and pink blossoms.

 

Additionally, the average cherry blossom tree only lives for about 15-20 years. This means that the a cherry blossom tree might be flowering for a total of just six-twelve months of their entire lifespan.

 

Then there are the beautiful – but messy – leaves, petals, and berries that shed after each bloom. Fabricated artificial cherry blossom trees allow our clients to avoid the mess and upkeep, and enjoy the beauty for decades to come.

 

Another advantage of replica trees and fabricated trees, like our fake cherry blossom trees, is the ability to customize them. Our trees are artisan crafted by hand to meet your exact specifications. These may include height, foliage spread, foliage density, blossom colors, and more little details that come together for one ultra-realistic creations.

 

Not looking for realistic? Not a problem! We also make fanciful and imaginative trees, like this gold cherry blossom tree for a Chinese New Year celebration.

 

Cherry blossoms are a popular choice for our exclusive TreeLusions™ by TreeScapes. These innovative faux trees feature a custom-fabricated tree trunk, interchangeable branching, and a nearly endless array of foliage options. Many clients enjoy artificial cherry blossom trees/foliage in spring, and alternate options (such as maple, pine, and weeping willow) for the other seasons.

 

TreeLusions™ provide designers and decorators with a way to enjoy cherry blossoms for longer than their natural two week bloom. They also allow you to appreciate the temporary beauty and symbolism of the cherry blossom, since it’s entirely up to you when (or if) you switch to different types of branches and foliage.

 

Cherry blossoms are widely celebrated in Japan, South Korea, China, and the United States. They emerge in spring, bloom, and then die shortly thereafter.

 

The fleeting aspect of their beauty has resulted in Japanese cherry blossoms symbolizing humanity and mortality. The basic idea is we are all here for a relatively brief time, and should make the most of it. Their fragility and ephemeral beauty tie in to Buddhist concepts of mindfulness and living in the moment.

 

These unique trees have different meanings across cultures. In Japan, they also represent good fortune, love, friendship, and affection. This is why Japan’s 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees to Washington, D.C. was so symbolic. The trees stood for friendship and harmony between the two countries. The U.S. reciprocated with a gift of dogwood trees in 1915. Dogwoods have their own distinctive blossoms in similar shades. We also create artificial dogwood trees in multiple sizes and colors.

 

Cherry blossom trees are known as sakura in Japan, and they’re celebrated each April with an annual tradition called hanami. Additional symbolism in Japan includes new beginnings, hope, and innocence.

 

Japanese Samurais revered the cherry blossoms, and thought their short-lived blooms looked like drops of blood. The connection to Samurai culture means cherry blossoms are depicted in art, film, poetry, and more. In World War II, Japanese kamikaze pilots would decorate their fighter aircrafts with cherry blossoms, often before leaving for a suicide mission.

 

Cherry blossoms are also ubiquitous in traditional Japanese tattoos (Irezumi), and are often depicted alongside koi fish, dragons, and hannya masks. 

 

Americans tend to associate cherry blossoms with the same symbolism that the Japanese do. The the generous 1912 gift from Japan has connected both cultures. There’s an annual National Cherry Blossom Festival held in Washington, D.C. each spring, during their peak bloom period. The events include a blossom kite festival, parade, and even “Petalpalooza”.

 

“The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC, and celebrates the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan.

 

Today’s Festival now spans four weeks and welcomes more than 1.5 million people to enjoy diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit.”

 

NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org

 

Cherry blossom trees are equally meaningful in China, but they have different symbolism. There, cherry blossoms embody female love, passion, strength, and dominance. The South Korean associations are similar. That’s why one of our artificial cherry blossom trees was on display at the Amazon Studios film premiere and after-party in Los Angeles:

 

“TreeScapes helped celebrate the premier of ‘The Handmaiden’, a Japanese/Korean film, with the construction of a 17’ high x 16’ wide fabricated Cherry Blossom Tree. Manufactured upon a steel core, the trunk is imbued with both Inherently Fire Retardant (IFR) and Ultraviolet Inhibited (UVI) materials. The texture of the trunk was created with molds created from live cherry trees to mirror the texture of the bark. The fabricated tree was then set upon a custom-built grassy knoll, covered with artificial turf, grass and rock.”

 

2018 Adex Silver Award Winning Design

 

Another significant achievement in the world of faux cherry blossom trees is our creation for the movie adaptation of Memoirs of a Geisha. Our 32-foot fabricated cherry blossom tree providing a stunning visual representation of some of the film’s main themes. These dialogue quotes show just how central cherry blossoms are to the plot:

 

Chairman: Nobu has taught me a great deal – patience, for example. And I in turn have tried to teach him: you have to savor life while you can.

Sayuri: The lesson of the cherry blossom!

Chairman: That is why Nobu likes you. We must not expect happiness, Sayuri. It is not something we deserve. When life goes well, it is a sudden gift; it cannot last forever!

 

The narrator touches on another cherry bloom (sakura) tree simile, saying, “My mother always said my sister Satsu was like wood; as rooted to the earth as a sakura tree. But she told me I was like water. Water can carve its way even through stone…and when trapped, water makes a new path…”

 

Memoirs of a Geisha received numerous accolades, including the 2006 Academy Awards for Best Art Direction (John Myhre and Gretchen Rau) and Best Achievement in Cinematography (Dion Beebe). It won other similar awards that year, including Best Cinematography (BAFTA Award), Excellence in Production Design (Art Directors Guild Award), and Production Company/Location Team of the Year (California on Location Awards). 

 

Our artificial cherry blossom tree is often discussed in critiques and praise for Memoirs. The Daily Breeze wrote about the cherry blossom tree and set location/design:

 

The Huntington’s Japanese Garden provided the backdrop for a cherry blossom-draped scene in “Memoirs of a Geisha.” With a reputation as a premiere location, an average filming day at the Huntington costs $10,000, depending on crew size and the day of filming. For Mike Fantasia, location manager for “Memoirs,” it’s worth it. “It’s a fantastic place to film,” he said. “They take such good care of the place.” Filming for “Memoirs” took place one day in October last year. The garden was dressed up to look like the backyard of a baron’s estate, complete with a 30-foot man-made cherry blossom tree.”

 

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The Los Angeles Times also referenced the sakura theme, noting that “the story arrives in a flurry of snow and pink cherry blossoms, swathed in silk and carefully powdered and primped for its march down the red carpet.” –A ‘Geisha’ Drenched in Cherry Blossoms

 

TreeScapes and PlantWorks just finished the installation of a fabricated cherry blossom tree for The Conservatory at Paramount Miami Worldcenter, and we have another in production for a Japanese restaurant in La Quinta, California.

 

If you’re interested in a custom cherry blossom tree – or any kind of custom fabricated, replica, or preserved tree – we’re here to make your vision a reality. Contact us today to learn more: email sales@treescapes.com, or call 1-800-527-8884.

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Faux Succulents vs Living Succulents

Faux succulents are a popular new design option, but some wonder why real succulents aren’t sufficient. They’re fairly hardy plants that don’t require a huge amount of upkeep, however, they can also be sensitive and temperamental. Faux succulents (also known as replica succulents or fake succulents) don’t have any of these problems!

 

Succulents are generally a good choice for those seeking a low-maintenance, affordable plants that can live indoors. They store their water, so they can survive and thrive in warm, dry, indoor climates. The flip side of this advantage is that they’re very sensitive to overwatering, and people tend to overestimate how much water they actually need.

 

Too much water can result in a soggy, moldy, succulent. Leaves may become soft, mushy, limp, yellowed, or shriveled. This detracts from their natural beauty, reduces any environmental benefits that come from having live plants, and can be a pain to remedy.

 

Another complication is that too little water can cause many of the same issues described above. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell if over or under watering is to blame for a withered or yellowed succulent. Furthermore, those same results can occur from lack of nutrients in the soil. Repotting every year or two is necessary to keep a succulent happy and healthy.

 

Succulents need sunlight to grow, but sun can also be their worst enemy. If there isn’t enough exposure to natural light, a succulent might die or have stunted growth. Confusion can occur when they need more sunshine, because some succulents respond by stretching towards the sun. It may look like they’re growing well, but in reality the plant is getting weaker.

 

Now for the next possible issue – too much sunlight. As with water, succulents need just the right amount of sun exposure to become strong and mature. Their leaves can develop brown sunburned spots, which are unsightly, and indicate an unhealthy plant. Beyond that, leaves can fall off if the succulent is exposed to too much heat. Is it any surprise that over-watering can also cause the leaves to fall off?

 

The biggest difficulty with succulents is diagnosing and remedying what ails them. This is compounded by the fact that they are notoriously sensitive to any changes in their environment, and may react poorly to being relocated or repotted. Succulents are easily shocked and gardeners must introduce changes slowly to ensure that the plant doesn’t decline in response.

 

Faux succulents offer another advantage that many designers and enthusiasts appreciate: consistency of colors. There are many beautifully hued succulents of all shapes and sizes, but no guarantee that your plant will grow to have the exact color or pattern you expect. Faux succulents give you the choice to specify every little detail, creating an ideal arrangement that stays attractive and “healthy” all year long.

 

Of course, there’s no need to water faux plants, and therefore no risk of over or under watering. Your fake succulent will not drown or go through a drought, even if you ignore them for months at a time. They also won’t develop sunburned spots, change shape, or yellow like natural succulents often do.

 

If you’re interested in artificial succulents, check out our gallery of replica succulent images below. We’ve also included images of some plants that are often paired with succulents, like hostas and ferns. Use these pictures as inspiration for your own garden, green wall, or tabletop decor!

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Fake Tree Spy Posts in WWI

There’s a hidden history to fabricated trees that you might not be aware of: fake tree spy posts in WWI!

 

We often think of faux trees as strictly decorative, or for practical uses like concealing security cameras or support beams. In the days of World War I, however, fake trees had an even more important function. They were created and used as spy posts on both sides of the fight. The French came up with the original idea, and taught the British how to make them. Then the Germans caught on and used them to their own advantage. The countries that made up both the Allies and the Central Power used these tactics before the war’s end.

 

Today we call them fake trees, fabricated trees, artificial trees, etc. But in the early 20th century,  they were referred to as “observation trees”. They share many similarities with the trees we create today, including the most important element: realism.

 

We pride ourselves on making impressively accurate, true to life fabricated trees that can blend in with natural landscaping. We also offer preserved trees, which look real because they are real! Sometimes our customers request something more artistic or interpretative, but the majority of our work is focused on precisely emulating real trees.

 

Realism is important in our work today, but it was a matter of life or death for soldiers in WWI. The fake trees they constructed didn’t just have to look like a real tree amidst others in a forest…they had to look exactly like a specific real tree that they had just removed.

 

If you were at war, and woke up one morning to see a brand new, fully grown tree near the front lines, you would be understandably suspicious. That’s why soldiers had a meticulous process for every stage of this endeavor. Some of the steps they took are very similar to what we still do today!

First, the soldiers would select the appropriate tree. It needed to be big enough to hide inside, and both tall and close enough to afford a good view of the enemy. They preferred trees that had already been bombed, because those were easier to remove and replicate.

 

Once a tree was chosen, it was carefully measured, sketched, and photographed. Bark samples were a crucial step taken to ensure a realistic tree. These were then paired with plasticine molds of trees that could be customized to become an exact match.

 

It’s very impressive that they were able to create realistic bark, because their materials were so limited. The trees began as 16 separate sections of hollow steel tubes. These were bolted together with painted, wrinkled iron layers that served as tree bark. Various rough materials like seashells were crushed and applied to replicate the look and feel of real bark.

 

The hollow steel trees didn’t have much inside, aside from small seats, viewing holes, and scaffolding used for stability. A rope ladder was generally secured near the top, allowing a soldier to climb up and monitor the surroundings. Telescopes and periscopes were used to give them a greater field of vision.

 

Before the trees could be utilized, though, they had to be installed. This had to happen at night, using the sounds of artillery to mask their work. The old tree had to be removed, and a hole would be dug in the place of the roots. The bottom of the new tree had a steel base that would be secured deep underground.

 

When morning came, the enemy wouldn’t see anything amiss – just the same dead trees that were there the evening before! Inside, though, were camoufleurs (Camouflage Officers) from the other side, observing and relaying their activities to superiors.

 

Soldiers used this advantage to learn the general tactics and weaponry employed by the enemy, as well as discovering future battlegrounds or surprise attack sites.

 

These decoy/camouflage trees no longer stand, but some can be found in various museums. The Australian War Memorial and the Imperial War Museum – London both house authentic observation trees used by the British and Germans.

 

We haven’t made this exact type of tree, but we have produced something similar. The image below shows an artificial cacti grouping that conceals hidden recording devices. It was designed to be positioned in front of a rock outcrop, which agents could hide behind. We have many options for wireless concealment and trees with embedded technology, so the only limit is your imagination. We can definitely make you a secret observation tree if you would like. It can be designed for adults to use in the real world, or on a smaller scale for a kid’s treehouse feature!

Office Trees & Plants – Datran Business Center

Office trees & plants are some of the best ways to spruce up a business location. You can use nature to create a calm environment for employees, or add office trees & plants for color and aesthetic. 

 

A common problem with trees & plants for offices is maintenance. Many offices don’t get sufficient natural light, don’t have the time for daily upkeep, or don’t want to deal with different types of plants blooming each season.

 

There’s also a big risk of employees and customers having allergies. Natural trees and plants produce pollen that many people simply can’t tolerate. The solution? Artificial, replica, and fabricated plants & trees for the office.

That’s the approach that was taken for the Datran Business Center in Miami, Florida. Our team of TreeScapes’ artisans provided preserved palm trees, and replica grass, succulents, ivy, bushes, and ferns for the main lobby area.

 

Different colors of replica onion grass are arranged in the center, providing a unique base for an abstract sculpture. The grasses are Inherently Fire Retardant (IFR), making them ideal for indoor use.

 

The escalators are flanked by realistic replica mangrove trees. Mangroves are native to Florida and essential to their ecology, so it’s only appropriate that they were included here.

 

Replica mangrove bushes were also arranged behind the main columns. The mangroves are made with UltraLeaf-IFR® greenery, our proprietary, commercial-grade, inherently fire retardant replica foliage designed for use indoors.

 

Other features alongside and behind the escalators include more replica onion grass, replica Boston ferns, and replica aeonium succulents. Preserved palm trees add tropical touches to round out the design.

 

Our preserved sago palm trees have fabricated trunks, and real natural sago fronds. The fronds have been preserved via our proprietary preservation process, which also makes them inherently fire retardant. They look real because they are real!

 

Replica potted hanging pothos bushes and pothos garlands are arranged on the tiers of floors above. They have a soft, sprawling look that replicates natural ivy. The mirrored ceilings above reflect all of this greenery, making visitors feel like they’re inside an arboreterum or nature preserve.

If you like these replica mangroves, be sure to see our ADEX award winning “Escultura de Manglar” handcrafted tree sculpture!

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The SUSHISAMBA Tree

The SUSHISAMBA Tree has become one of London’s most Instagrammable hotspots – and it was proudly constructed by a team of our talented artisans!

 

This towering custom-made oak tree sits at the center of the outdoor bar 38 floors above the city of London. This magnificent tree features the eye-catching and extremely distinctive SUSHISAMBA Orange coloring that embellishes its massive trunk, complex branching, broad foliage, and seemingly endless array of twinkling lights.
 
 
This iconic restaurant and our team are currently hard at work on a new and even bigger tree that will adorn the new SUSHISAMBA that will soon open in Saudi Arabia.

 

Here’s how the SUSHISAMBA website describes the London tree:

 

“Indoor-outdoor elements weave throughout the space, most notably, the structural orange tree on the west terrace. A SUSHISAMBA icon, the tree sculpture reinforces the earth-to-sky motif while being an artwork in itself, reminiscent of great 20th century art and creating dialogue with the street art found throughout the space.”

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The rest of London – and the world – has definitely taken notice.

 

TheHandbook.com published their list of “The 18 Most Instagrammable Festive Restaurants”, and the SUSHISAMBA tree is the favorite backdrop for selfies and group shots:

 

“You probably feel like you’ve been to SushiSamba even if you never have. The second venue on the list of most Instagrammed places in London, SushiSamba serves sushi and cocktails *almost* as photogenic as the view – well, London from the 38th floor is pretty spectacular.

 

The fairylit red tree on the terrace is the most popular photo, although the restaurant itself is pretty spectacular, especially at night.”

 

Hello! magazine has even declared SUSHISAMBA London as “the A-listers’ favourite fusion restaurant“:

 

“The open terrace-bar, with a magical lit-up tree perched in the middle of the circular bar that has you reaching for your camera phone, and the cool buzzy atmosphere, is also not to be missed…”

 

Need more convincing? Some think the tree would look right at home on the set of a favorite HBO series…imagine the photo opportunities!

 

In an article titled “The Most Instagrammable Restaurants in London”, the Evening Standard UK says you should go to SUSHISAMBA “for that giant orange tree that looks like it’s from Game of Thrones”.

 

See more images – and perhaps inspiration for a London vacation? – on our Pinterest board!

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Instagrammable Place: L'Occitane Mediterranean Olive Tree

L’Occitane Mediterranean Olive Tree

Instagrammable Place: L'Occitane Mediterranean Olive Tree

We’re pleased to present the award-winning L’Occitane Mediterranean Olive Tree, on display at their flagship New York shop. We provided the custom fabricated tree that is now part of the immersive concept store. 

 

The entire shop was created to be experimental and disruptive – a new way to engage shoppers who are used to buying things online. The interactive elements include a rain shower sink, free hand massages, virtual reality headsets, and a trio of yellow bikes in front of a Provencial French backdrop. Selfie opportunities are everywhere – including the L’Occitane Mediterranean Olive Tree by TreeScapes!

 

Olives trees are an important component of the L’Occitane brand. Olives are one of their five main product ingredients, along with lavender, verbena, almonds, and immortelle. L’Occitane sources only authentic, local products that are grown in the Provence area of France.

 

The symbolism is so important to L’Occitane that the brand uses a specific olive tree from the Valensole Farm (in Provence) as a signature element in their branding. It’s even featured on their shopping bags!

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Above: L’Occitane Mediterranean Olive Tree (fabricated) by TreeScapes
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Award Winning L’Occitane Mediterranean Olive Tree

The store’s design and components have already won multiple awards, including Retail Design Institute’s 2018 Store of the Year.

 

“L’Occitane en Provence’s experiential store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue was named as the Institute’s 2018 Store of the Year. The 1,870-sq.-ft. space is rich in experiences and is designed to be more agile and disruptive, with plenty of Instagrammable and interactive moments. Customers can explore brand history and signature products through ever-changing – and interactive — installations that echo the Provencal lifestyle…

 

Recognizing the team’s effort to elevate the customer experience, the judging panel not only unanimously voted L’Occitane Fifth Avenue as Store of Year, but also honored it with an Experiential Innovation Award for customer engagement.”

And the Store of the Year is…

 

L’Occitane’s Fifth Avenue store also named as the 2018 Spectrum Award Project Winner, and included on Insider Trends list of “31 of the World’s Best Brand Homes”.  We’re proud to have our tree featured there, and we love what the press has been saying about it:

 

“Other features include:

•A “rain-shower” sink: customers can test-and-play with products beneath a shower of water from an illuminated canopy above

•A curved communal bench set beneath the canopy of an “awe-inspiring” Mediterranean Olive tree.”

L’Occitane aims for a more immersive, more disruptive flagship

 

“Adjacent to the sink is a curved communal bench is set at the base of a Mediterranean Olive Tree. Here, guests are invited to sit under the tree canopy and be transported to the lavender field of Provence via VR headsets.”

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Our L’Occitane Mediterranean Olive Tree is so realistic that it fools many into thinking it’s a real living tree! We can’t think of a better compliment on our design and creation…

 

“The store has a nice mix of the natural and the high-tech. There’s a live tree in the center of the store, and there are also lots of interactive tools and displays, including a virtual reality headset that can make you feel that you’re in a lavender field in Provence.”

the sweet smell of france at the new l’occitane flagship

 

Mediterranean Olive Trees from TreeScapes and PlantWorks are some of our most popular creations. We used them recently for two different projects in Las Vegas: CATCH restaurant at Aria Resort & Casino, and Vanderpump Cocktail Gardens at Caesar’s Palace.

If you’d like a more detailed view of the shop – and our L’Occitane Mediterranean Olive Tree – check out this video from the Grand Opening:

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Faux Bougainvillea & Succulents at Shaquille’s

What do faux bougainvillea flowers have in common with basketball? They’re both featured at basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal’s newest restaurant!

 

Shaquille’s opened in early 2019, and TreeScapes and PlantWorks provided faux bougainvillea flowers, succulents, and ivy.

 

It’s very easy to identify Shaq’s restaurant at first sight. There’s a bright purple SHAQUILLE’S sign, and a huge set of double doors. They’re tall enough to accommodate Shaq’s considerable (7’1) height. 

 

Our beautiful faux bougainvillea flowers cover the entire wall next to the front doors. You can peek through, but this patio offers guests plenty of privacy as they dine. Inside you can find rows of market lights, which add warmth and ambiance.

 

“If you enjoy people watching, patio dining along the LA Live promenade is an ideal place. A mesh wall of flowers hides the seating area so you can do so discreetly. The restaurant also offers a place for celebrity guests wanting a bit more privacy.”

 

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Southern Comfort Meets Los Angeles Chic

The decor for this restaurant is especially important, because it addresses two different themes: Los Angeles and the South.

 

Shaquille’s is right across the street from the Staples Center, and part of the Downtown L.A. Live complex. The area is frequented by NBA players, celebrities, and tons of basketball fans. It’s the ideal location for a huge sports star like Shaq!

 

This location means that his restaurant has to capture that Southern California, casual glam aesthetic. 

 

The other side, though, is the cuisine and atmosphere. The chefs serve up authentic and elevated Southern cooking. Menu options include comfort food classics like shrimp and grits, baked macaroni and cheese, deviled eggs, and fried green tomatoes.

 

The designer had to create a space that felt comfortable, cozy, and welcoming – even amidst the hustle and bustle of LA.

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The inside of Shaquille’s boasts even more of our creations – fake Kentia palms, lillies, and potted plants. Assorted faux succulents add more lush greenery the walls and interior.

 

Other highlights include a celebrity seating area and a massive, Shaq-sized chair. Look for it when you’re there, because Shaq is known to stop by regularly! 

 

If you’re wondering what to eat, Shaquille’s has some can’t-miss signature dishes. His famous fried chicken, for example, is brined for 48 hours. Be sure to try the classic Shaq Burger, made with American cheese and signature Shaq sauce. There’s even a Kobe burger! It’s made with Kobe beef and named in homage to his former teammate, Kobe Bryant.

Next time you’re in Los Angeles, stop by Shaquille’s! You can enjoy delicious food, and check out what we’ve done there. We’d love to hear your thoughts! If you’re a restaurant owner or designer, contact us today for details on a custom creation for your next project. Email sales@treescapes.com or call 1-800-527-8884.

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