Plants Kit 12 is a selection of both popular and attactive subtropical shrubs and bushes species planted in parks and gardens such as oleander and magnificent angel’s trumpet or bay laurel. Shrubs are not hardy but containers can be placed outdoors during the summer in temperate regions creating a Mediterranean feel.
10 subtropical 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 Trimble 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:
Spring & summer: 10 out of 360 subtropical shrub models of Laubwerk Plants Kit 12.
Autumn: 10 out of 360 subtropical shrub models of Laubwerk Plants Kit 12.
CG artwork by Richard Neutra using Cinema 4d + VrayforC4d 3.4, Laubwerk Plants Kit 12 + Surfacespread beta 2.0.15.
Kaufmann House. CG artwork by Richard Neutra using Cinema 4d + VrayforC4d 3.4, Laubwerk Plants Kit 12 + Surfacespread beta 2.0.15.
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 subtropical shrub species are included in the Plants Kit 12. 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.
Hedgehog Agave Agave Stricta
Medium-sized evergreen perennial succulent with a symmetrical, highly sculptural form. Rosettes of rigid, flesh, narrow, dark green leaves with no teeth on margins but sharp spine tips. Funnel-shaped, small, dark purple to dark red flowers in summer, which lasts until late fall, borne in dense, erect racemes up to 2 m (7 ft) long. Perfect for xeriscapes in the landscape as well as making an attractive potted plant. Flower blooms are edible and cooked in specific dishes. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
Pink Angel’s Trumpet Brugmansia x insignis
Evergreen shrub or small trees, stout-stemmed with gracefully spreading branches. Light brown bark. Large, broad though coarsely textured dark green leaves. Large, convex, trumpet-shaped, pale yellowish-pink flowers hang downwards and darken with age from summer to fall. Originally from the West Amazon, but has spread to other tropical and subtropical areas. In colder winters it usually will go semi-deciduous. All parts poisonous.
Dwarf Mountain Palm Chamaedorea elegans
Small, compact, evergreen, understory palm with a compact shape and slender solitary or clustered, cane-like stems. Dense, attractive foliage with arching, green pinnate leaves, with 12 or more pairs of narrow leaflets per leaf. Tiny yellow flowers are borne in terminal panicles or spikes below the leaves. Attactive, small black fruit. Native to rainforests from southeastern Mexico to northern Guatemala. Often cultivated in temperate regions as a houseplant. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
Tree Heath ‘Estrella Gold’ Erica arborea ‘Estrella Gold’
Small, slow-growing, evergreen shrub with a broad compact habit. Brown bark. Fine, needle-like leaves in whorls give a feathery look. Bright yellow young shoots in spring becoming lime-green in summer but retaining yellow tips. Small, honey-scented, white flowers in long panicles appear in spring. One of the most popular cultivars of tree heather originally from Portugal.
Bay Laurel Laurus nobilis
Evergreen trees or large shrubs with a large, erect habit. For garden purposes, it is often pruned. Smooth, gray bark. Leathery, aromatic, narrowly ovate, glossy dark green leaves. Small, pale greenish-yellow flowers. Oval berries on female plants glossy purple-black when ripe. The ancient Greeks and Romans crowned their heroes and their scholars with wreaths made of laurel branches.
Crimson Bottlebrush Melaleuca citrina
Medium-sized, evergreen shrubs with a lax habit and slender arching branches. Light green or light gray, hard, fibrous or papery bark. Aromatic, linear to lance-shaped, rather stiff leaves. Showy flowers in dense, bright crimson ‘bottlebrush’ heads in which the long colourful stamens are prominent. Crushed leaves lemon scented, hence the (botanical) name. Flowers are very attractive to hummingbirds.
Oleander Nerium oleander
Evergreen shrub or small tree with an upright, rounded habit. Grayish bark. Narrow, willow-like, linear-lanceolate leaves with distinctive midribs, light green and very glossy when young, before maturing to a dull dark green-greenish gray. White, pink to read, five-petaled funnel-shaped flowers in clusters from summer to fall. Long, bean-like seed-pods. All parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested.
Small, evergreen shrub with an erect, rounded habit. Gray, scaly bark. Gray-green, linear, needle-like leaves, closely spaced on the stems, intensely fragrant with a strong flavor. Tiny, two-lipped, pale blue to white flowers. In temperate climates the plant flowers in spring and summer. Flowers are attractive to bees.
Snowdrop Bush Styrax officinalis
Medium-sized to large deciduous shrub or small tree with an erect habit and attractive branching. Gray bark. The smooth-edged,round to ovate leaves, alternately arranged. The foliage is deep green above, grayish-white beneath, turning to yellow during fall. Creamy white, bell-shaped, and fragrant flowers in late spring. Fleshy, ball-like and green to yellow fruits mature in late summer. The flower resembles citrus blossoms, and even disseminates a pleasant scent of citrus fragrance. Wounded stems exude a fragrant resin known as styrax, an herbal medicine known from ancient times.
Mound Lily Yucca Yucca gloriosa
Small, slow-growing, deciduous shrub with an compact, rounded habit and an airy, slender appearance. Attractive purple colour stems adds to the winter interest. Fine twigs and branches. Very narrow, bluish green to whitish green leaves turn yellow in autumn. Silvery catkins in early spring.
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
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