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Faux Cherry Blossom Tree from The Handmaiden Film Set

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.”

 

Give That Garden an Oscar

 

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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