A selection of both common and distinctive tropical shrubs and bushes species planted in parks and gardens including the popular Chinese hibiscus, excellent shrubs with fragrant white flowers such as tabernaemontana ‘Sweet Love’ and great white frangipani, or Dona Luz pink mussaenda, which brings a strong color accent to every tropical garden.
10 tropical shrubs species of Laubwerk Plants in 3 variants, 3 ages and 4 seasons each, for architects and CG artists working in 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, and SketchUp.
Includes 360 Models
All Laubwerk Plants in this Kit come in 36 variations per species, i.e. 3 variants, 3 ages and 4 seasons. Here are a few examples of the variety:
10 out of 360 tropical shrubs models of Laubwerk Plants Kit 11
10 out of 360 tropical shrubs models of Laubwerk Plants Kit 11
Dona Luz pink mussaenda (Mussaenda ‘Dona Luz’) – rendering by Mario Kelterbaum using Cinema 4D and OTOY OctaneRender
Includes Free Laubwerk Player
The free Laubwerk Player plugin comes bundled with each of the Laubwerk Plants Kits.
Use the Laubwerk Player to easily load and control plant models inside Autodesk 3ds Max & Maya, MAXON Cinema 4D and Trimble SketchUp. Just drag-and-drop your 3D tree, set the shape, age, and season and level of detail control. Watch the lightning fast rendering with inbuilt and 3rd parts renderer support.
Laubwerk Player Plugin
Inserting, controlling and rendering great-looking 3D tree models has never been easier with the Laubwerk Player plugin! The Laubwerk Player provides immediate visual access to your Laubwerk plant library. You get multiple drawing options in the viewport (like simple hull shape or skeleton) for quick feedback and low memory usage while editing your scene. And when you’re satisfied, watch the Laubwerk Player dynamically render fully-detailed plant models at amazing speeds, with automatic default materials and level of detail.
Plant Library Browser
The Plant Library Browser appears right in the 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D or SketchUp main menu and provides direct access to the Laubwerk Plants installed on your computer. Drag-and-drop your 3D tree species into your scene or replace existing trees. Loading the plants through the Plant Library Browser directly creates materials with basic shading and textures preassigned, saving you time and memory while you work.
The Plant Object represents a Laubwerk plant model in your scene by using low-memory hull or skeleton mode for easy placement. It dynamically loads the model’s age and shape that you chose, creating a simple viewport approximation that allows you to apply model alterations and adjust level of detail settings. Laubwerk Plant Objects are fully scriptable using MaxScript.
Dedicated support of V-Ray saves you time and memory. Instead of manually converting Laubwerk Plant Objects into V-Ray proxies, the Plant Object detects when V-Ray is used for rendering and dynamically creates the model’s geometry during rendering. This is the exact same process V-Ray uses for V-Ray proxies, just automatically applied without any manual setup.
Materials and textures are created on the fly – for the built-in renderer or third-party renderers.
For 3ds Max, Maya, and Cinema 4D: mental ray, iray, Maxwell Render, Thea Render, Arnold, OctaneRender, Corona Renderer and Redshift.
For SketchUp: V-Ray for SketchUp and Thea Render for SketchUp.
Plug and Play – One-click solution for architects and CG artists who need realistic 3D trees, immediately.
Fast and Fluent – Render-ready 3D trees minimize the need for finetuning that can otherwise interrupt your workflow.
Easy and Integrated – Drag-and-drop plants inside 3ds Max & Maya, and MAXON Cinema 4D, or Trimble SketchUp.
Intuitive – Simple settings are a mouse click away.
Smart Content – Go beyond static models! Choose the shape, age, season and detail of each tree.
High Tech – Laubwerk technology minimizes the usual compromise between high-quality graphics and efficient memory usage.
Realistic 3D Tree Models
Laubwerk uses a hybrid of procedural modeling and hand-detailing by botanist and 3D artists to make the most realistic CG trees.
Render-ready materials and textures are created on the fly – for the built-in renderer (3ds Max, Maya & Cinema 4D), or third-party renderers such as V-Ray, mental ray, iray, Maxwell Render, Thea Render, Arnold, OctaneRender, and Corona Renderer.
Leaves consist of more than just a single polygon, so they bend and catch highlights.
Textures are based on high quality photos from real trees.
Models maintain shape and density, regardless of detail level.
The following 10 tropical shrubs species are included in the Plants Kit 11. Each species comes in 36 variations per species, i.e. 3 variants, 3 ages and 4 seasonal aspects, for a total of 360 models per Kit.
PRIDE OF BARBADOS Caesalpinia pulcherrima
Fast-growing and deciduous or semi-evergreen, upright shrub or small tree with low and spreading branches. Pale, smooth bark, often marked with blackish lenticels. Smooth, green or glaucous, glabrous, shiny branches. Feathery, twice pinnate, glabrous leaves, dark green above and light green beneath. The inflorescences are large, erect and terminal racemes. Showy, orange, yellow, pink or red flowers. Nearly straight, oblong, flat, thin pod. Native to tropical America, but now widely grown in the tropics for its long bloom of colorful flowers.
Evergreen, upright shrub or small-sized tree. Light brown, rough bark, which flakes off in thin and irregular scales. Simple, leatherlike, glossy and glabrous leaf, bright green above, paler beneath. Leaves grow alternately on the stem. Large, funnel-shaped, sometimes fragrant, yellow (less commonly apricot) flowers in few-flowered cymes. The fruit is a green globose drupe turning black when ripe. The species is in the same family as and closely related to Nerium oleander, commonly known as oleander.
HAWAIIAN TI PLANT ‘RED SISTER’
Cordyline fruticosa ‘Red Sister’
Evergreen, upright shrub. The trunk, usually not branched, looks almost palm-like. Distinctive burgundy-pink and bronze-green foliage. Red or yellowish flowers with a sweet fragrance. The fruit is in the form of red berries. Cordylines are known by many names and have also been crowned as the ‘King of Tropical Foliage’. Red Sister adds color to any tropical flower garden.
CHINESE HIBISCUS Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Small- to medium-sized deciduous tree or large shrub with a wide-spreading habit, often multi-stemmed. Smooth, pinkish-brown bark. Bark of mature trees exfoliates to leave attractive patches of cinnamon, pink, green, and pale yellow beneath. Broadly ovate leaves, alternately arranged, emerge reddish-purple in spring, mature to a lustrous, medium to dark green in summer, and change to variable shades of yellow, red and purple in autumn. Small but abundant crimson flowers on bare twigs in late winter and early spring.
DONA LUZ PINK MUSSAENDA Mussaenda ‘Dona Luz’
Evergreen, open, somewhat rambling shrub. Tends to develop a quirky trunk and an awkward crown. Grey-brown speckled bark. Opposite, elliptical to ovate, bright to dark green leaves, often pubescent and prominently veined. Small flowers, composed of five fused petals that form a tubular orange-yellow corolla, are produced in terminal clusters. The greatly enlarged, peachy pink, leaf-like sepal, the principal ornamental feature, hang in masses just below the tubular corolla and above the leaves and persist long after the corollas have fallen. One of the many beautiful cultivars developed by Phillipine horticulture and were and are so prized that they were named after the Phillipine first ladies or the ‘Dona’s. This beautiful cultivar is considered to be a selected hybrid of M. erythrophylla x M. phillipica.
Small, evergreen shrub with leaves that stay close to the stem. Green peduncle. Large, heart-shaped leaves with a velutionous surface and striking, silver-white veins. Tiny flowers borne within arum-like green to reddish spathes. This Philodendron has been named gloriosum because of its superb leaf shape and colors. Native to the tropical moist forest of Columbia.
GREAT WHITE FRANGIPANI Plumeria obtusa
Large shrub or small tree with an irregular or rounded crown. Evergreen in the tropics, but deciduous in temperate climates. Grey, smooth bark, knobby due to small, outgrowths of cork. Highly branched with thick, but fragile branches. Glossy and obovate leaves with blunt ends. Arranged in a spiral cluster with most leaves concentrated at branch tips. White flowers with large, waxy petals that form a funnel shape grouped mainly at the branch tips. Blooms throughout the year in tropical environments. Strong fragrance, especially intense at night. Often used as an ornamental shrub or tree in gardens and parks.
CORAL PLANT Russelia equisetiformis
Small, multi-branching subshrub with long arching branches gracefully forming a fountainesque mound. Branches start out erect and bend over as they grow longer, giving it the weeping form. Bright green stems. Tiny oval to elliptic, bright green leaves. Flowers profusely with small, tubular, bright red flowers, resembling firecrackers. Brown, oval or globose capsule fruit. It can bloom year round in tropical and subtropical climates. Very popular nectar plant for hummingbirds, and butterflies.
Small, evergreen shrub with a dense crown and a bush-like habit. Brown bark. Opposite, elliptic to obovate, glossy green leaves with a wavy margin. Sweet scented white flowers are shaped like pinwheels. Dry, dehiscent fruits, known as follicles. Flowers continuously all year round. Attractive to bees, butterflies, and birds. Attractive ornamental dwarf form of the species.
KING’S-MANTLE Thunbergia erecta
Small, bushy, multitrunk shrub with a sprawling form, often with a somewhat weepy appearance. Evergreen perennial in the tropics and a deciduous annual in cold regions. Brown, thin stems. Small, dark green leaves, ovate-elliptic, and oppositely arranged, with an overall fine-textured look. Bell-shaped, vibrant dark purple flowers with a yellow throat. Blossoms with velvety flowers all year, more in warmer months.
A computer that is capable of running your version(s) of 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, SketchUp.
Hard Disk Space
10MB of hard disk space and additional space for the Laubwerk Plants models.
Autodesk 3ds Max (2015-2022)
Autodesk Maya (2015-2022, Win & Mac, Linux on request)
MAXON Cinema 4D (R16-S24, Mac & Win)
SketchUp (2014-2021, Mac & Win)
with V-Ray for SketchUp (including V-Ray 5)
or Thea Render for SketchUp
Additionally, Python for customers to build their own importers into applications compatible with Python for Windows 2.7, 3.3- 3.4, MacOS X 3.5-3.8, Linux 3.4-3.8.
Our aim is to make the installation process as easy as possible for you. If you like to get more information, we have compiled these Laubwerk Plants Kits installation instructions, including advanced topics such as considerations when working in a network.
Update 1.0.37 (March 2021)
Added 3ds Max 2022 support
Updated and expanded the help for our SketchUp Player
Fixed a bug with V-Ray 2 rendering in SketchUp
Added support for Python 3.9
Fixed an issue that the Python 2 Extension didn’t load on newer macOS versions
Update 1.0.36 (December 2020)
SketchUp: Added V‑Ray 5 for SketchUp support
Minor bug fixes (SketchUp only)
Update 1.0.35 (November 27, 2020)
SketchUp: Added SketchUp 2021 support. Note: highest V-Ray version supported: 4.20.03 (V-Ray 5 support coming soon)
Cinema 4D: Various bug fixes and small improvements
All platforms: Bug fixes and improvement of Arnold Renderer support, bug fixes for V-Ray materials
Note for our customers who use V-Ray for SketchUp:
Laubwerk Plants do not yet fully support V-Ray 5. With V-Ray 5, Chaos Group released a very powerful upgrade, but it contains major changes that need to be reflected in the Laubwerk Player Plugin. We are currently working closely with Chaos Group to ensure Laubwerk Plants and V-Ray 5 continue to work seamlessly together. Please stay tuned!
Update 1.0.34 (October 29, 2020)
Added R23 support
Improved Arnold Renderer support
Fixed a bug with Octane materials
Support for version 1.3 Laubwerk materials
Update 1.0.33 (June 6, 2020)
Higher resolution textures for large objects such as trunks. Material coverage information is now used to deliver textures in a resolution that much better matches the actual size of the texture on the object
Added Cinema 4D S22 support (pre-release of R22)
Added a dialog and checkbox that lets users save their preference for replacing or adding new plants, when a plant is already selected.
Added a dialog and checkbox that lets users save their preference for receiving renderer minimum version warnings.
Improved the Plant Attribute Editor’s default plant preview image and button behavior.
Many other UI improvements to all dialogs.
Fixed a bug that could cause a crash with users that have very high processor counts.
Update 1.0.32 (March 2020)
Added Redshift support for Cinema 4D, 3ds Max, Maya
Added SketchUp 2020 support
Added Maya 2020 support
Update 1.0.30 (September 2019)
Cinema 4D: Added R21 support, Improved material specular component for most renderers
SketchUp: Fixed a bug that caused SketchUp to crash when rendering models containing plants removed from the user’s plant library, Improved material specular component for V-Ray
3ds Max: Improved material specular component for most renderers
Maya: Improved material specular component for most renderers
Update 1.0.29 (April 2019)
Added 3ds Max 2020 support
Fixed an issue with opacity maps in Arnold Renderer for 3ds Max
Added Maya 2019 support
Update 1.0.28 (March 25, 2019)
Added SketchUp Pro 2019 support
Added V-Ray Next for SketchUp support
Improved UI design and performance
Fixed a bug that caused SketchUp to crash when rendering a startup model with Thea.
Added macOS support for our Python extension.
Improved macOS installers with installer certification, and better detection of installed applications.
Update 1.0.27 (October 18, 2018)
Updated Octane material converter and Octane 4 glossy materials
Added the replacement behavior section to the help document
Added Cinema 4D R20 support
Fixed a bug with reflectance roughness was not being set properly in inbuilt renderers
Fixed a bug that caused V-Ray renders to fail with non-Latin characters in Windows usernames (e.g. “ü”, “ñ”, or “é”).
What’s new in plants kit 1.0.26? ( July 19, 2018)
Snappier Laubwerk browser
Added support for consistent copy & paste from another SketchUp instance
V-Ray 2.x support is back. Fixed a bug in the player extension
Fixed a bug in material quality selection. The selected quality is now always applied at render time
Fixed a bug in the player extension for SketchUp Japanese that prevented switching between model variants and seasons
Known issues: special characters in Windows user names prevent running the player extension (Ruby error)
Added support for 3ds Max 2019
Added Arnold 5 support
Fixed a bug in Laubwerk material creation for V-Ray RT
Fixed a bug that caused the ART renderer to crash
Fixed a bug that caused 3ds Max to crash when double-clicking inside the Laubwerk browser where there are no plants
Added Arnold 5 support
Dropped support for Maya 2014
Known issues: MacOS X Player plugin doesn’t work with Maya 2018.2
Updated Arnold 5 support to Arnold core version 5.1
Dropped support for pre-R15 versions
Acer campestre (Kit Freebie) – improved the shapes (habitus) of several tree variants for a head-free crown base height
What’s new in plants kit 1.0.25?
SketchUp: Support for SketchUp Pro 2018, support for V-Ray 3.6, support for MacOS X High Sierra (10.13). Bug fix with special characters in Windows 10 users names
Maya: Bug fix for Maya 2018 support
3ds Max: Fix a bug that crashed 3ds Max when adding an empty Plant object to the scene on autosave, bug fixed a bug that a Plant replacement in the Browser did not refresh the viewport, improved behavior when a new Plant is assigned and all selected Plant objects are empty
Cinema 4D: R19 support, added support for Arnold 5
What’s New in Laubwerk Plants Kits Update 1.0.24
Laubwerk Plants Kits Update 1.0.24 is an important update for our users of Trimble SketchUp, Autodesk 3ds Max, and Autodesk Maya.
Highlights of the Plants Kit 1.0.24 update are:
SketchUp: Several improvements and bug fixes, e.g. Plants can be replaced through the Laubwerk Browser, editing of parameters of multiple Plants at the same time. Multiple material quality profiles.
Added support for Autodesk 3ds Max 2018 and Maya 2018
3ds Max: Improved Laubwerk Browser, bug fix of the edit mesh modifier
Maya: Enabled color management for file nodes, bug fixes.
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