Thursday, June 26, 2014

Artificial Bamboo Trees – The Most Realistic Of Them All

Bamboo trees are actually not trees at all, they’re a giant grass that grows very fast and is hard to contain. Bamboo flooring is becoming more and more popular because of this. Some types of bamboo can grow up to four feet in a 24 hour period! This is why artificial bamboo trees are not only beautiful but it doesn’t hurt the environment because of its sustainability. If you have the time and energy to grow these then it gives you a tropical beauty only bamboo can give. If you don’t then artificial bamboo trees are the way to go because the most of these trees are made from real bamboo stalks and have artificial leaves giving them the most realistic appearance.
Typically found in Asian countries, parts of Europe and as far south as Northern Australia, different species can grow in hot and cold climates making them the most diverse plant in the world. The most popular for use in home décor have been the Japanese bamboo, black bamboo, bambusa trees and bamboo palms. Unfortunately these are very difficult to keep alive in an indoor environment especially when the trees are in a confined container. Leaves will fall off quickly and there is an extensive amount of maintenance involved even if you have a green thumb. This is why many are reverting to artificial bamboo trees for their decor choice without sacrificing an overall look.

Artificial Bamboo Trees to the Rescue

Most artificial bamboo trees are made with natural bamboo stalks because they naturally preserve themselves and last years without maintenance. Holes are then drilled into the stalk then small stems of bamboo replica leaves are inserted and glued in. Generally you want to see the stalks because it gives them a more realistic appearance but this is up to the individual. Different styles will give your home or office a different look. See some of the most popular varieties below to see how they can fit into your décor.

Japanese Bamboo Trees

This is by far the most popular as they tend to have more leaves than your other styles. The leaves are a smaller leaf and clumped together more. The foliage tends to start lower on the stalks and gradually gets thicker as it moves its way up to the top. To the right is an example of a Japanese artificial bamboo tree. You may also see that the stalks are a smaller diameter than a biggie or the bambusa style; this gives it a more petite look. As you can see the leaf count on these are very high and typically over 2,000 for even the smaller trees. The number of stalks generally starts at around a dozen depending on the manufacturer. These are the easiest of the artificial bamboo trees to set up as they require very minimal fanning of the leaves to make them look natural and lifelike in your home or office.

Black Bamboo Trees

The stalks on a black bamboo tree are very similar in diameter to a Japanese bamboo however they are an espresso to almost black in color therefore giving them their name. The leaves are slightly larger than the Japanese version however they generally have in the thousands when it comes to the number of them on a black bamboo. Black artificial bamboo trees tend to have a more contemporary look as the black stalks contrast or can accent some of the decor you place in the room. These trees give you a very clean organized look when used in pairs or more. Most will have from a half dozen stalks to a large cluster like this one, so it depends on your use and preference. Recently we’ve had many designers telling us they go well with a shabby chic decor.

Bambusa Trees

These types of artificial bamboo trees will have a little more space between the stalks and let more light through. Typically the stalks are larger in diameter than others and will have a larger leaf than the previous two mentioned. These trees are great for areas that you would like to soften the edges but not block off an area from view. These artificial bamboo trees will come in a shorter version such as three to five feet tall. Trunks on these are typically natural and there is a bit more work to get them to look natural because the stem of the branches are longer. It will take longer to shape them and form them to look natural but its well worth it when you finish.

Bamboo Palms

This type of tree is very popular style because of its unique leaf style. The leaf looks almost like a long fish tail making it popular in the design world. Each leaf looks like a larger bamboo leaf but the leaf on the tip are connected toward the bottom as shown in the picture to the right. The stalks on these are typically green so this is one where the stalks may be artificial or a natural stalk will be painted. This doesn’t mean they are not as realistic looking as the natural ones, it just means they may be a bit more expensive because of the higher cost it takes to make them look real. Each trunk will sometimes be hand painted with all the detail of the real thing. Since the stems are longer it will take about 10 minutes to fan them out to get them to look natural.

In conclusion

Artificial bamboo trees are and have been one of the best selling trees next to palms in the decorating industry. Making them look natural takes very little effort and they are great for areas with limited space. As you may know many homes, apartments and offices are operating with limited space but don’t want the place to be bare. These trees fit nicely in corners or on the side of a desk to soften the edges. The average width on most of these trees is around 36 inches so you can see how this makes them one of the most versatile on the market. There are many places you can purchase them online but make sure you ask the questions if the description doesn’t say what type of trunks or how many leaves are on the trees. At Quality Silk Plants we have an array of artificial bamboo trees making us one of the largest suppliers in the U.S.

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