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Laubwerk Plants Kit 15 – Subtropical Trees and Palms


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Laubwerk Plants Kit 15 – Subtropical Trees and Palms

Subtropical Trees and Palms

An exclusive selection of subtropical trees and palms for special plantings in gardens and parks where a Mediterranean or exotic atmosphere is desired — such as the western strawberry tree, with its exotic strawberry-like fruit, or the dwarf palm, with its beautiful, fan-shaped leaves.

Subtropical Broadleaf Trees and Palms – 10 subtropical species 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:

laubwerk plants kit 15 summer

Spring: 10 out of 360 subtropical tree models of Laubwerk Plants Kit 15.


plants kit 15 winter

Winter: 10 out of 360 subtropical models of Laubwerk Plants Kit 15.

Detail of southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) in spring

Detail of common fig (Ficus carica) in fall

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.

Plant Object

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.

V-Ray Support

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.

Renderer Support

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.

Laubwerk Advantage

  • 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 tree species are included in the Plants Kit 15. 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.

laubwerk_plantskit15_strawberryStrawberry tree

Arbutus unedo

Slow-growing, mostly multi-stemmed evergreen shrub, or small tree with spreading broad round crown. Bark initially reddish-brown, increasingly speckled with grey as it ages, peeling off regularly. Hard, mostly lancet-shaped leaves with serrated margins in shiny medium green. Bell-shaped white to pink flowers in autumn and winter. Spherical, slightly prickly orange to red fruits reminiscent of strawberries. The conspicuous ornamental fruit is suitable for consumption and is used to produce jam and liqueur.


laubwerk_plantskit15_nettleEuropean nettle tree

Celtis australis

Picturesquely-growing medium to large deciduous tree, with spreading, slightly irregular, broad, round to umbrella-shaped crown. Smooth grey beech-like trunk and woolly greenish shoots. Alternately-arranged strongly dentate leaves, ovate to elliptical, with rough dark-green top and soft hairy grey-green underside. Flowers very small and rather inconspicuous. Spherical fruits initially reddish, later becoming purple- to violet-brown, with sweetish, edible pulp. Important fauna tree for bees, butterflies, and moths.


laubwerk_plantskit15_dwarf palmMediterranean dwarf palm

Chamaerops humilis

Small, slow-growing palm, mostly multi-stemmed, with bushy shape and compact, dense crown. Trunk covered with brown fibers, similar to the hemp palm. Rigid, fan-shaped, semicircular leaves with pointed, lanceolate, blue or grey-green plumage, and spiny leaf stalks. Large, bright-yellow flower spikes in spring. Globular to ovate, yellow- to later reddish-brown berries. Originally from the coastal regions of the western Mediterranean.


laubwerk_plantskit15_snowballPink snowball tree

Dombeya x cayeuxii

Fast-growing, medium evergreen shrub or multi-stem tree with round crown. Smooth bark only slightly grooved. Large, dentate, alternate, petiolate medium-green leaves. From October to March, has round clusters of pink flowers, similar to Hydrangea flowers, which attract many bees and butterflies. Species is named after the horticulturist Henri Cayeux, who is said to have created it.


laubwerk_plantskit15_blue gumSouthern blue gum

Eucalyptus globulus

Medium-sized to large coniferous evergreen tree with a conic, typically very narrow columnar crown. The dark green foliage grows in dense sprays. The seed cones are ovoid or oblong, green at first, maturing brown about 2 years after pollination. The dark green “exclamation mark” tree shape is considered as characteristic signature of Mediterranean landscapes. Trees are very long-lived.


laubwerk_plantskit15_common figCommon fig

Ficus carica

Fast-growing deciduous shrub or small tree with a broad, wide-spreading, strongly-branched crown and a low canopy. Trunk mostly twisted, gnarled, or curved, with greyish-brown bark and clearly recognizable lenticels. Hand-shaped, medium-green leaves with three to five lobes and a rough upper surface, and softer, slightly pubescent underside. Has no visible showy flower, but a flower-bearing organ (syconium), which turns into a fig after pollination. Tasty large oblong or pear-shaped fruits, initially green, then yellow or brown-violet later. The plant can only be pollinated through the so-called fig wasp, which enters through a tiny opening into the syconium.



Jacaranda mimosifolia

Medium-sized deciduous tree with bright, broad, round spreading crown. Thin greyish-brown bark. Double pinnate leaves consisting of many narrow elliptic light- to medium-green leaflets. Showy, beautiful, bell-shaped flowers, bright blue-violet, loosely connected in pyramidal panicles. Leathery wooden red-brown capsule fruit. Important ornamental wood in subtropical regions.


laubwerk_plantskit15_magnoliaSouthern Magnolia

Magnolia grandiflora

Small to large, partly multi-stemmed evergreen tree with spreading, broad, conical crown. Hairy, tomentose bark on the young twigs; older branches and trunk have bald thin grey bark. Large leathery reverse-ovate or elliptic leaves with apex. Upper lobes are glossy dark-green and smooth, while the underside is red-brown and slightly pubescent. Large, cup-shaped white flowers are showy and fragrant. Large, slightly hairy brown compound fruit. A very important and characteristic ornamental shrub in the southern states of the USA.


laubwerk_plantskit15_oakHolm oak

Quercus ilex

Large, often multi-stemmed, slow-growing wintergreen deciduous tree with spherical crown and picturesque shape. Smooth dark-grey bark, increasingly furrowed in old age. Alternately arranged leathery ovate to lanceolate dentate leaves with glossy dark-green top, and felty, whitish to greyish underside. Yellow catkins from spring to early summer. Long-ovate or round light-green acorns. Characteristic tree of the Mediterranean climate zone, playing a major role in traditional pig fattening in the Iberian peninsula.


laubwerk_plantskit15_fan palmDesert fan palm

Washingtonia filifera

Large, robust, fast-growing palm with a high canopy and a loose, open crown. Brown to reddish-brown and grey, barrel-shaped trunk, increasingly cracked in old age. Huge, hanging, fan-shaped leaves, from yellowish-green to silver to greenish-grey, with drooping white fibers. White to yellow blossom. Dark-brown to black fruits. Without maintenance, the dead brown leaves remain hanging on the palm trees, sometimes covering the entire trunk like a skirt, thus the alternate name “petticoat palm”.

Computer Hardware

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.

Supported Hosts

  • Autodesk 3ds Max (2015-2023)

  • Autodesk Maya (2015-2022, Win & Mac, Linux on request)

  • MAXON Cinema 4D (R16-S25, Mac & Win)

  • SketchUp (2014-2022, 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.

Installation Instructions

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 1.0.41  (April 5, 2022)


  • Added support for SketchUp 2022
  • Added native Apple Silicon (M1 processors) support on SketchUp Pro 2022.
  • Fixed a bug that delayed new plant proxies from appearing in the active model window in some SketchUp versions

Cinema 4D

  • Added support for Arnold Renderer fixing material issues
  • Fixed issues with Laubwerk Plants in projects saved with ‘Save Project with Assets…”

3ds Max

  • Added 3ds Max 2023 support
  • Fixed the texture map assignments for the new CoronaPhysicalMaterial in Corona 7


  • No changes

Update 1.0.40  (Nov 26, 2021)


  • Added compatibility to V-Ray 5 for SketchUp, update 2.1 (5.20.02)

Other platforms

  • No changes

Update 1.0.39  (Sep 20, 2021)

Cinema 4D

  • Added support for Cinema 4D R25 including new icons and UI updates
  • Miscellaneous other bug fixes


  • Fixed a bug for texture color spaces and improved Redshift materials
  • Miscellaneous other bug fixes


  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements

3ds Max and SketchUp

  • No changes


Update 1.0.37 (March 2021)

3ds Max

  • 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


Update 1.0.34  (October 29, 2020)

Cinema 4D

  • Added R23 support
  • Improved Arnold Renderer support
  • Fixed a bug with Octane materials


  • Bug fixes

All platforms:

  • Support for version 1.3 Laubwerk materials

Update 1.0.33 (June 6, 2020)

Laubwerk Plants

  • 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

Cinema 4D

  • 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