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Lady Gaga Uses Silk Trees as Theater Scenic Props

White Tie and Tiara Ball
Recently silk trees have made an appearance in Hollywood and the obituaries. Sound incredibly obscure? We thought so too, and here’s a quick run-down.

Initially when we saw Lady Gaga and silk plants in the same article, we assumed a far-out costume was soon to be referenced, but quickly learned otherwise. Lady Gaga, The current queen of popular culture, unveiled her newest song at Elton John’s infamous White Tie and Tiara Ball. As if Gaga’s costumes weren't spectacle enough, silk trees were used for stage decoration, with performance artists dramatically suspended from the tree limbs.

[more]On a more solemn, head-scratching note, a deer crashed through a church door in Massachusetts and later died. The panicked animal had broken through glass and cut its neck severely, leading to a fatal end. What, then, ties a church break-in, a deer, and artificial plants together? Apparently, in what you might find in a dark and dramatic independent film scene, an office administrator arrived to find that the deer had used a silk Ficus tree from an office as its final resting spot, laying peacefully among the silk foliage and tree stems.

So to answer the million dollar question that has been sweeping the nation -- What do Lady Gaga and a dead deer have in common? -- we finally have an answer. Silk trees.

Before & After - Museum Silk Plants Adorn Texas Cabela’s Store

The Cabela’s in Texas revamped its indoor wildlife display by adding museum quality silk plants. What was once a drab cliff of deer and bear replicas is now a lush landscape of Texas plants and wildlife. In a museum setting especially, the incorporation of silk plants allows for scenic displays to look more natural. Museum setting absent of silk trees

[more] The color and texture of the exhibit plants create depth and accentuate the natural feel of the rock structure. Cabela’s utilized our Aspen silk foliage in addition to fall maple and scotch pine foliage, privet bush and bear grass. By using a variety of different small plants, Commercial Silk In’tl craftsmen were able to recreate what occurs naturally on a mountainside. The smaller, colorful aspens and maples authentically accent the lower levels, while the scotch pines and privet bush adorn the higher levels. Silk Trees in Wildlife Display

Cell Tower Concealment, Avatar Re-creations, and Urban Forests

Monopine Tree

We wrote recently about concealing cell towers with silk plants and trees, and soon after there was more news about a Chicago neighborhood evaluating concealment options for a particularly obtrusive tower in scenic Westridge. Fortunately for the community, many concerned residents have stepped up to demand that they get a high quality artificial tree solution. Done right, the cell phone tower won't be an eyesore and visitors will hardly notice it.

[more]Silk Tree Forest Concept A fascinating proposal for a museum in Slovenia has made news recently for an unusual urban forest concept. In this concept, the exterior is made completely of glass and the interior is comprised of platform tree tops with museum-goers allowed to walk among them, not unlike the way a frog might hop along on lily pads. Accentuating the theme are the fact that these tree tops are fitted with solar panels and provide most of the energy requirements for the museum.

Artificial Tree of Souls You may have noticed the latest media blitz for Avatar now that the highest grossing moving of all time is out on DVD. It appears promoters have taken film marketing to a new level in Europe by using a large silk tree to replicate the visually stunning Tree of Souls that was almost bulldozed by the evil imperial colonialists in the movie. The silk tree required 20 miles of fiber optic cabling and was installed just in time for earth day. Not surprisingly, DVD sales quickly broke records in North America and in many countries worldwide.

Artificial Alpine Trees for Retail Environments

Artificial Alpine Tree

Alpine trees grows tall and narrow as they stretch high in the Swiss Alps. Artificial Alpine trees crafted by Commercial Silk Int'l are botanical replications of these stunning Evergreens. Windswept branches offer a stylized and unique appearance, as you won't find the same quality on another faux Alpine tree. Your project requirements can specifications the density of the foliage as well as the number of branches and the height of the tree. If a project calls for a forest of artificial Alpine trees, our team will be of service every step of the way. We can customize the design of the artificial trees and install the entire project with our specialized equipment. We have themed several north woods landscapes and offer several other large tree and artificial Pine varieties if you want to create a very distinct indoor faux landscape.

[more]Artificial Alpine trees can be manufactured in many ways, and they are similar to our amazing Blue Spruce trees. We craft our Alpine trees with artificial Pine foliage and it has been used to create artificial landscapes for hotels, casinos, malls, and other commercial projects around the globe. Our artificial Alpine comes is many sizes and is hand crafted using natural wood trunks. We can even create a snow covered Alpine tree if you like the winter appearance of a fresh snowfall.

Flame Retardant Foliage for a Themed Landscape

Jungle Theme

What is Themed Foliage?
Themed foliage is the process by which a designer selects a pallet of artificial foliage from hundreds of foliage varieties in order to be used in combination together to create a desired theme.

[more] Wilderness Theme What types of themes can be created with foliage?
The most typical theme is a tropical theme and is mostly seen at themed restaurants and entertainment venues. Additional themes include; north woods, wilderness, southwest, asian and more. For commercial settings and themes, a flame resistant foliage is usually a regulation. Our imported flame retardant artificial foliages are available in many varieties for all of your landscape design needs.

How are the foliages used to create the theme?
The artificial landscape designer will be experienced in the art of both design and manufacturing in order to create the desired theme. The designer must know both how a single fire retardant foliage branch can be used individually in the display as well as how the foliage branch can be used in the crafting of a larger themed custom tree or plant. Often times the designer will need to know how to use a multitude of different materials including epoxies, urethanes, foam and paint to manufacture the finished artificial plant on-site. In addition, the designer will need to be aware of the many crossover applications of trees, plants and foliages. Tropical Theme A Maple tree for example, depending upon its color, shape, and density, can be used in a residential boulevard setting, a forest diorama, a winter scene or a graveyard. Boxwood has been applied as ceiling and wall applications in this whimsical underground lounge as well as formed into topiary shapes that sculpt an English Garden. Customization of products, either by the manufacturer or on site is critical in achieving the desired effect. Commercial Silk's landscape design team has worked with architects as well as scenic fabricators to developer some of the most pronounced flame resistant wildlife themes to lush tropical themes with our fire retardant foliage varieties.

Theme Venues With Decorative Tree Branches

Large Cedar Poles as Decorative Trunks Decorative branches from Commercial Silk Int'l have become a new collection consisting of many popular decorative tree branch varieties that continues to expand with exclusive items. Our selection of tree branches, poles, stems and trunks are harvested from natural wood, and our team disguises any natural blemishes that are undesirable. Our decorative tree branches can be purchased as cutback trunks or they can be purchased in a natural tree form, original to a harvested branches.

[more] Natural Tree Branch Lighting

Our growing collection of branches includes stems from tree varieties such as Birch and Cedar, and our team custom manufactures decorative wooden stick art forms from hand-selected tree branches in large quantities. Our varieties of tree decor are endless, so if your project theme calls for an usual variety of natural wood, our team can locate tree branches to your size and specifications. Harvested wood branches, both rustic and contemporary, are used to theme many venues. Our latest decorative branch project was a rooftop bar that used the tree branches as custom lighting fixtures. Silk Cherry Blossom Branch

Our decorative tree branch collection is not to be confused with our silk leaves and branches collection. These branches are imported and most often carried in stock for your theme foliage venues. Popular varieties here are molded from silk, polyester and pvc, and are used to manufacture silk trees. These branches are also inhibited with either our Class A fire retardant chemicals or our UV resistant chemicals for indoor and outdoor applications. Here, you will find silk Cherry Blossom branches and artificial Palm branches.

So whether your decor can benefit from Birch poles or tropical Palm foliage, contact us for an array of silk tree branches today!

When To Use Silk Plants And Artificial Trees

Live plants are often the first choice for corporate or business office settings. In many cases, though, silk plants and trees are a more appropriate option. The following is a run-down of environmental, maintenance, cost, and other factors to take into consideration while planning your next commercial interior landscaping project.

Tropical Plant Maintenance Draft
Installing silk trees in a lobby area is an effective way to make a good first impression on visitors. At the same time, these areas are often drafty and subject to temperature swings, making for poor conditions for indoor tropical plants. Silk plants, meanwhile, are durable, weatherproof alternatives for casinos and other commercial projects.

Live plants require proper lighting conditions. Silk plant products, in contrast, are a viable choice for darker conference rooms, offices, or other indoor office settings with little available natural light.

[more] Safety
Hard-to-reach areas and areas with electrical equipment can be precarious for maintaining live green plants. Silk plants and trees don't require watering and other routine maintenance that could put your staff in potentially dangerous situations, making them a safer alternative.
Heavy Tropical Plants

Load Bearing
Live tropical plants can be very heavy due to the weight of the soil and water they require. When the load bearing capacity of an area is a concern, silk trees are a much lighter alternative. As an added benefit, they can also bolt securely to the floor.

Secure Areas
Maintenance is an important part of the health of green plants. In private offices, and secure areas, this can pose regularly scheduled maintenance challenges. Here, low maintenance silk plants are a smart choice.

Creating an attractive theme requires authenticity. Sourcing indoor tropical plants for jungle or rainforest themes, though, often requires placing palm trees and other tropical species in an unnatural setting, leading to high maintenance costs and continual upkeep. In contrast, silk versions are a low maintenance and truly authentic looking when constructed by a reputable manufacturer; in addition plants can be used to define spaces and provide scale.

Last, live plants require watering, cleaning, fertilizing, pruning, and disease and insect control treatments. Silk plants only require light dusting from time to time. Although installation costs for Replica plants are typically a bit higher, their lower maintenance costs make them less expensive over the long haul and worth considering for your next commercial project.

Amazing Artificial Blue Spruce Trees for Interiorscaping

Artificial Blue Spruce Artificial Blue Spruce trees are manufactured for artificial landscapes and are used by themeing and scenic fabricators for interior habitats. Used in commercial projects around the globe, our artificial Blue Spruce trees are crafted with artificial foliage and natural wood stems. Our Blue Spruce comes is many sizes and is hand crafted using natural wood trunks. An artificial Spruce tree offers a unique, slim appearance, as you won't find the same quality on another Spruce tree. Because an artificial Blue Spruce is very slim, it can be used to accentuate verticle spaces while leaving floor space to move around in. Thus, The artificial trees would even work in hallways or office corners.

[more]Spruce trees grow tall and narrow, and if you purchase an artificial Blue Spruce crafted by Commercial Silk Int'l, you will see it is authentic replication of an amazing Pine tree. Our project team can customize the design of your project's specified artificial Fir trees and can install the entire project with our specialized equipment. In addition to large Spruce trees, we also manufacture many other varieties of silk Pine trees. We have themed several north woods artificial landscapes and offer several other large tree varieties if you want to create a very distinct indoor landscape. Customize your indoor landscape with a Blue Spruce tree by calling us toll free at 1-800-241-2718. Request an artificial tree catalog, at no charge.

Essential Features of Artificial Pine Tree Varieties

Artificial Pine

Pine trees are conifers and are native to most of the Northern Hemisphere, but Pines can also be found in subtropical areas of the Southern Hemisphere. There are approximately 100+ different living species. As a leading artificial tree manufacturer, Commercial Silk Int'l manufactures quite a few artificial Pine tree varieties. Living Pine trees range in height from 2 feet to 200 or more feet tall and have long life spans; we craft our artificial Pines up to 24' tall, and we are continually introducing new faux Pine collections. Check our our lastest artificial Pine, which can be used both inside and outdoors in commercial landscapes.

Some artificial Pine trees by Commercial Silk Int'l can be used to create artificial landscapes for both indoor and outdoor applications. But all of our Pines can be crafted with inherently fire retardant foliage to satisfy local and state fire codes. Some of our most popular artificial Pines include our artificial Scotch Pine and our artificial White Pine tree. In addition to these Evergreen collections, we also manufacture artificial Spruce trees, fake Cedar trees, and several outdoor Pine trees.


Our entire collection of artificial Pine and Evergreen trees are hand crafted using artificial Pine foliage and natural wood trunks. The bark properties of living Pine trees alter by variety; the bark may have a thick, non-destructive quality with a scaly texture, or may be thin and may peel or flake. Because we use natural wood stems to make our artificial trees, we utilize these different Pine bark textures amongst our different tree collections. While tree stems are a very important feature of a Pine tree, Pine needles should not be forgotten. Needles add even more personality to the tree; they range from short to long, and come in different thicknesses too. We even offer a Long Needle Pine foliage with frayed ends. Our artificial Pine foliage looks authentic because of the many colors of the needles and Pine branches. Our variety specific artificial foliage is available in many needle lengths.

Our Pine foliages and other fake trees are used around the globe in office buildings and atriums and also to theme and indoor projects such as water parks, amusement park attractions, even in hotel lobbys and in casinos. Our design team can create a specific fake evergreen tree such as White Pine trees, Scotch Pine and Long Needle Pine, and more for your project. Our design team has even built silk pine bonsai trees to meet project specifications, and they look amazing.

Fake Pine Needle Varieties

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