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Silk Flowering Trees and Branches Illuminate Commercial Environments

flowering tree branches

If there were such a thing as an exterior or interior landscape centerpiece, a silk flowering tree would be it. Both visually striking and durable, silk flowering trees and branches can turn an ordinary space into a picturesque and enchanting landscape, whether with artificial Hibiscus, artificial Wisteria, artificial Cherry Blossom, or artificial Flowering Dogwood, to name a few.

[more]silk Cherry Blossom tree Two recent projects by Commercial Silk Int’l illustrate just how impacting a silk flowering tree can be. For an Oasis of the Seas cruise ship, a silk Cherry Blossom tree was installed in a spa waiting room to provide a dramatic focal point and a sense of wonderment and relaxation for visitors. Adding to the sense of majesty is an overhead lighting system integrated with black lights, prompting the silk flowering tree to slowly change colors.

corporate headquarters silk Dogwood tree For a corporate headquarters with an indoor walking garden, a silk Dogwood tree provided by Commercial Silk Int’l provides a splash of color among the other artificial and live greenery. Employees and visitors have found the garden to be a peaceful respite from their busy days.

Live flowering plants, vines and branches can be very fragile and expensive to maintain, especially for interior spaces where there simply isn’t enough light. Silk flowering trees, on the other hand, require no maintenance, carry no risk of triggering allergies, stay in bloom all year long, and come in a variety of colors, including pink, white, red, and yellow.

Before & After - Health Care Silk Trees Bring Waiting Room to Life

Health Partners recently utilized health care silk trees to transform a waiting room into a comfortable lounge, using an artificial Red Oak tree as the focal point with silk Prairie Grass accentuating the surrounding area. By incorporating waiting room silk trees, the space was instantly renovated without having to remodel, transforming the once dull, drab setting into a lush dwelling for guests. Museum setting absent of silk trees

[more]Using silk trees in a health care setting provides the feeling of real foliage without the maintenance or hassle of live plants. With the sun cascading across the silk Red Oak tree leaves along with the sky-like baby blue walls and prairie grass, visitors are treated to an outdoor experience indoors, proving that a waiting room can feel clean without feeling lifeless.

See our health care artificial plant case study page for more information about this and other hospital and waiting room projects. Silk Tree in Health Care Setting

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

Before & After - Skyscraper Silk Trees for Ameriprise Building Lobby

After renovating their skyscraper office lobby, Ameriprise Financial sourced Commercial Silk Int’l for silk trees and grasses to complement its high ceilings, elegant maple hard wood flooring, and exposed steel girders. Silk Trees in Building Lobby

[more] Artificial Black Olive trees were implemented to create scale and provide textural and color contrast. Prairie silk grass was installed at the feet of the trees to make for a convincing looking forest floor. Benches were installed for visitors to provide a park like atmosphere and a little hideaway among the hustle and bustle of downtown Minneapolis. Silk Trees in Building Lobby

Outdoor Artificial Plant Solutions for Seasonal Changes

Outdoor artificial plant solutions can make updating your commercial exterior to reflect the seasons a simple and easy process. Outside of being easy to maintain, artificial plants add color year round, eliminate watering, pruning, and fertilizing costs, are great for locations where growing live plants is difficult, and can create interesting and character-adding themes.

This step-by-step instructional video will demonstrate how to create seasonal plant designs by rotating and switching out outdoor artificial plant products from Commercial Silk Int'l.

[more]Products Used:

  • Outdoor Artificial Azalea Hanging Plant
  • Outdoor Artificial Barberry (Green)
  • Outdoor Artificial Ribbon Grass (Fall)
  • Outdoor Artificial Cedar Plant
Materials Needed:
  • Grow Pot
  • Rock
  • Spray Foam
  • Sphagnum moss, mulch or bark chips
  • Glue gun or styrofoam adhesive
  • Window Box or Outdoor Planter
  • Outdoor Artificial Plants
To design an artificial plant interchangeable planter box, each single plant is potted into one grow pot, later to be easily inserted into your window box planter.
  • Layer rock several inches thick at the bottom of the grow pot to add ballast.

  • Dispense foam. Do not fill to the top of the grow pot. The foam will rise and expand.

  • Add moss as a top dressing for the plant; press into the foam. Allow to dry and set up overnight.

  • Using a glue gun, quickly spread glue onto the spear of the artificial plant.

  • Press the plant into the foam filled grow pot, thus gluing it into the foam. Repeat steps 1-5 for each plant.

  • Place all potted plants into the window box planter. The weight of the rock in the grow pots will keep the artificial plants secure in harsh weather conditions.

  • Gently shape the artificial plants for a healthy and groomed appearance — all leaves should gracefully reach towards the light.

  • When you want a fresh look, easily remove a plant and insert another prepared plant.
With these simple steps you'll have a fully functional artificial plant solution for keeping up your outdoor planters with the seasons.

Outdoor Artificial Flowers: A Compilation of Window Box Designs

Outdoor artificial flowers add dimension to your landscape with a variety of plant colors and textures, especially when implemented into window box designs. The following presentation of window planter box designs was created with a variety of outdoor artificial plants.

[more]Plants used include:

  • Slide 1:
    Artificial Ribbon Grass (Burgundy and Light Green)
  • Slide 2:
    Artificial Azalea Bush (Beauty)
    Artificial Asparagus Fern
  • Slide 3:
    Artificial Azalea Bush (Pink)
    Artificial Ribbon Grass (Burgundy, Light Green)
    English Ivy
  • Slide 4:
    Artificial Boxwood Bush
  • Slide 5:
    Artificial Cedar Bush
    Artificial Holiday Cedar Bush (Red Berries, Red Branches)
  • Slide 6:
    Artificial Azalea Bush (Pink)
    Artificial Ribbon Grass (Burgundy)
  • Slide 7:
    Artificial Azalea Bush (Cream)
    Artificial Barberry Bush (Burgundy)
  • Slide 8:
    Artificial Ribbon Grass (Green)
    Artificial English Ivy
  • Slide 9:
    Artificial Azalea Bush (Beauty)
    Artificial Azalea Bush (Cream)

Artificial Fruit Trees for Grocery Stores and Supermarkets

Artificial Fruit Trees

What better place for an artificial fruit tree than the produce aisle of a supermarket or grocery store? Lately we've received many requests from grocers about constructing artificial fruit trees for retail environments, and it's so obvious it makes too much sense — why not define and design store aisles with artificial fruit trees where people are purchasing fruit and vegetable products? Also, since live trees carry the risk of harboring insects and other elements unsafe around food products, artificial is the only way to go.

[more] Silk Fruit Tree From a design standpoint, artificial fruit trees are visually stunning. Yet there are functional design benefits as well. The trees create and define unique spaces within grocery stores, in some cases actually providing aisle spacing. They create scale, shape or hide unsightly views, and promote a healthful and green feeling that resonates with mothers.

Fruit trees can come in all shapes, sizes, and varieties, and the most popular are Orange, Apple and Citrus. Smaller trees and those placed in real plant containers, like in this store in Chicago, can be moved for cleaning and re-shaping of spaces.

Overall, artificial fruit trees can go a long way toward providing a memorable customer experience and encouraging repeat visits. Just remember that if you see a tree on your next trip to the store — don't eat the fruit!

Unique Landscapes May Include Artificial Bonsai Trees

Silk Bonsai Tree Used in Faux Landscape Artificial Bonsai trees can be made with all types of artificial foliages; the faux landscape project should help determine what type of artificial foliage is best for your Bonsai. Each artificial Bonsai tree is distinctive; they have shapes and foliages unique to each type of stylized tree. We have crafted several silk Bonsai trees. Our most popular Bonsai forms include: Acacia artificial Bonsai which is 6' high and crafted in the informal style Bonsai; our Podocarpus silk Bonsai which is a multi stem Bonsai with clusters of delicate foliage, and our hand crafted Ming Aralia fake Bonsai that is made with premium grade artificial foliage stylized to be both cascade and informal Bonsai styles.

[more]The following is a list of Bonsai style descriptions:

- Formal Bonsai style is characterized by a straight, upright, tapering artificial trunk. Branches progress regularly from the thickest and broadest at the bottom to the finest and shortest at the top.

- Informal style is similar to the formal upright style, with branches generally progress regularly from largest at the bottom to smallest at the top, but this silk Bonsai tree has curves.

- Slant-style Bonsai is crafted with straight trunks like those of formal style, except the trunk emerges from the soil at an angle, and the apex of the Bonsai is located off center of the base. Silk Bonsai Tree Detail

- Cascade-style Bonsai trees are fabricated after trees which grow over water or on the sides of mountains.

- Literati style Bonsai is characterized by a generally bare trunk line, with branches reduced to a minimum, and typically placed higher up on a long, often contorted trunk.

- Multi-stem style is manufactured with multiple trunks growing out of one base. All of the trunks form one crown of leaves, in which the thickest and most developed trunk forms the top.

In addition to Bonsai style and foliage variety, it is important to consider fire retardant foliage for landscaping faux applications. Understanding the fire code requirements for an artificial tree can often be challenging and confusing. Every State adopts their own fire code and in fact so to does every municipality. This apartment fire caused by an ignited silk plant reminds us all how important fire retardant silk plants can be for indoor applications..

Considerations When Buying Artificial Fake Trees

Fake Trees in Design When fabricating an artificial tree, whether the tree be completely fabricated, assembled from pre-fabricated tree bark sheets or whatever method being used, an important factor to take into consideration from an artistic standpoint, is just how realistic or stylized the tree in question should be.

Depending, of course, upon the needs and wishes of the client, or the requirements of whatever given project for which it's being fabricated, will the tree be created as an extremely authentic (museum quality) recreation of nature, a less detailed yet still more or less accurate representation of a real tree or a completely artistic interpretation? And even within this last category, there are many ways in which a fabrication artist can go, taking the design and fabrication of the tree in directions as diverse as a cute, cartoonish and "kid friendly" or even anthropomorphized tree to an almost "fine art" sculptural interpretation.

[more] Most of these choices ban be predicated upon where the tree is going to finally be utilized once fabricated. Clearly, a tree being built for a museum exhibit will need to be rendered in fine, ultra-realistic detail, though obviously a children's museum display may be better served by a more cartoon-like tree. Is the fabricated tree being blended into a very realistic environment? Will it be standing alone, perhaps the tree is utilized as a branded symbol in a healthcare setting, or possible in a restaurant or retail space? Will the public be coming into close contact with the tree, and will they be able, even, to climb upon it? What is the purpose of the sculpted tree? It may be used to frame views, define scale, or enhance office productivity. All these factors contribute not only to how a fabrication artist approaches the final appearance of the tree, but also in many ways in what way the tree is built and with what materials, as well.

Sculpted Tree Trunk Detail Budget, too, plays a huge part in determining the level of detail and/or stylization incorporated into the production of an artificial tree. Obviously, working on a limited budget impacts how much time and attention to detail can be lavished on a particular project, as well as the materials involved. Thus, the more detailed and realistic a fabricated tree is to be, the higher the budget required to create a satisfactory end product. Certain shortcuts and compromises can be agreed upon, surely (lessening, say, the number of branches, or the amount of foliage to be used), but there really is no way around the fact that a very high-quality, highly-detailed museum quality fabricated tree is going to also be an expensive one.

This doesn't necessarily mean that a more stylized, less "realistic" and less detailed tree will by default be cheap. Much depends, naturally, on the level of stylization, and an abstract, artistically interpreted and sculptural tree could very easily end up being as costly if not more so than a realistic one, as the level of complexity involved in the build, and the amount of artistic interpretation involved, could be as time consuming as slavishly replicating the look of a genuine tree, if not more.

Fake Trees in Hotel Lobby In the end, of course, it all boils down to what the client wants or feels is appropriate for the project in question, and, taking into account their budget, the environment in which it is to be displayed and its ultimate end-use, the style of fabricated tree, its method of construction and level of detail can then be backed into. It's not always an easy or pain-free process, however it is a good yardstick to use in determining just how to create the best fabricated tree possible that will satisfy the client's needs and make them as happy with their purchase as possible.

Shaping Views With Silk Plants And Trees

Plants Frame Views

Silk plants and trees are instrumental in helping a commercial architect or interior landscaper shape views in a variety of commercial settings. In this article we explore how silk trees competently and artfully frame and terminate views.

Framing Views
Commercial spaces are often large expanses with plazas and other open areas. From many points of view, these open areas can lack a visual center. Using silk trees as strategic framing devices can help focus the eye on an appealing area of a building, retail store, fountain, or other feature.

In order to determine a view to frame, find the areas in a commercial space that seem unfocused. Next, employ a framing aid. Use your hands like a movie director to conceptualize the view, or place your hands to the sides of your face to block your peripheral vision. Better yet, use a piece of paper with a rectangular center cut out and hold it at arm's length. If during this exercise you find interesting, perhaps abstract, architectural features that you wouldn't have noticed otherwise, you've got a winner.

[more] With your framed view identified, choose from a variety of silk tree products in order to find a solution that works with the features of your commercial space. Trees come in a variety of textures, sizes, and forms that can compliment and enhance the view they frame - consider designing a theme with silk Palm trees. An Oriental Bamboo Palm tree, for example, very closely resembles a picture frame with its narrow foliage, height and perpendicularity.

Plants Terminate Views Terminate Views
While walking through a hallway or corridor, the view is often framed by the termination point. What lies at the end of the tunnel, so to speak, can have a substantial visual effect on the people walking through it; a coarse or dull view can provoke in-kind feelings. While this may pass in some facilities, most commercial spaces prefer that their guests derive positive or stimulating feelings from their surroundings, which ultimately lead to favorable impressions and experiences.

As a commercial interior designer or manager of a commercial space, terminating views with silk trees is a simple, precise method for hiding unsightly viewpoints or enhancing those viewpoints. When you choose to take your terminated views up a notch, remember that tree species have different personalities and evoke a variety of feelings and emotions. Palm trees, for example, elicit a sense of calm and relaxation, while a Ficus tree, with it's bulbous foliage and slender trunk legs, can add a contemporary element to a more traditional building.

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