They are real leaves that dry out in the sun. The dots you see on the item are sunspots. This is a normal part of this product. As they are a natural item, the spears are never uniform and none will ever be the same. You will see some that will have curves, spots, bent tops, sand and even holes. We wanted to showcase this product in its natural, gorgeous form. Sets: * Our Sun Spear Palm Leaves come in orders of 1 .