Temperate Deciduous Trees
A selection of both popular and distinctive temperate deciduous tree species planted in parks, gardens, or streets including excellent specimen trees with wonderful floral display such as Norbert’s magnolia, Japanese maple with beautiful autumn color, and the dark red leaved trees such as copper beech or black cherry plum. 10 broadleaf tree species of Laubwerk Plants in 3 variants, 3 ages and 4 seasons each, for architects and CG artists working in 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, or Houdini.
TEMPERATE DECIDUOUS TREES
The following 10 tree species are included in the Plants Kit 6. 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.
- Japanese maple (Acer palmatum)
- pyramidal European hornbeam (Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’)
- pink-flowering dogwood (Cornus florida var. rubra)
- de Vilmorin handkerchief tree (Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana)
- copper beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Atropunicea’)
- European ash (Fraxinus excelsior)
- honey locust ‘Sunburst’ (Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis ‘Sunburst’)
- Norbert’s magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana ‘Norbertii’)
- Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’)
- black cherry plum ‘Nigra’ (Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’)
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 temperate deciduous tree models of Laubwerk Plants Kit 6.
Autumn: 10 out of 360 temperate deciduous tree models of Laubwerk Plants Kit 6.
Black cherry plum in full bloom (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, SideFX Houdini, 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, Houdini 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, Trimble SketchUp, or use them in SideFX Houdini.
- 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.
Deciduous small tree or shrub with a variable, bushy habit often with low branching. Dark brown, smooth bark becomes light gray when the tree matures. Small, deeply 5 to 7-lobed leaves often colouring well in autumn including shades of yellow, red-purple and bronze. Small red flowers in spring are followed by red or green winged samaras in pairs. Japanese maples are generally grown for their attractive foliage and shape.
PYRAMIDAL EUROPEAN HORNBEAM
Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’
Medium-sized deciduous tree with a very compact and densely branched crown and a narrow, columnar form in youth, which gradually acquires a tear drop or oval-vase shape with age. Smooth, grey, rippling bark with distinctive muscle-like texture. Ovate, serrate, fresh green leaves are clean and attractive throughout the growing season turning golden yellow in autumn. Its small crown makes it very suitable as a street tree but also as a park and garden tree.
Cornus florida var. rubra
Attractive small deciduous tree or large shrub with with a low-branching, broadly-pyramidal but somewhat flat-topped habit and wide-spreading form. Warty gray alligator bark on mature trees. Oval, dark green opposite leaves with arcuate venation turn attractive shades of intensive red in fall. Large, very showy flowers consist of four showy, pink to reddish pink, petal-like bracts with yellowish-green centers. Produces red berries from early to late fall. One of the most beautiful of the native North American flowering trees with outstanding ornamental features.
DE VILMORIN HANDKERCHIEF TREE
Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana
Medium-sized deciduous tree with a broad oval to pyramidal habit and scaly bark. Bright green, broadly ovate, alternate leaves, which might turn a beautiful yellow in autumn. Small, dark green flower-clusters each subtended by a pair of creamy-white, ovate bracts, which are said to resemble dangling handkerchiefs or doves resting on the branches. Ovoid greenish-brown fruits. Named after French missionary and naturalist Father Armand David, who was also the first westerner to describe the giant panda. This prized ornamental tree with its striking display of floral bracts in late spring was once considered to be the Holy Grail of exotic flora. It holds an Award of Garden Merit from the British Royal Horticulture Society.
Fagus sylvatica ‘Atropunicea’
Large deciduous tree with a conical, pyramidal to rounded habit and a usually low canopy. Attractive light or dark gray, smooth bark. Elliptic to ovate, glossy, smooth, alternate leaves. In spring, eye-catching foliage ermerges in copper red, which will fade to deep crimson maroon purple as the summer progresses, turning deep orange to copper in autumn. Although deciduous the leaves generally stay on the tree well into winter. The ornamental tree makes one of the finest specimens for large scale, temperate landscapes, perfect for giving contrast to an otherwise green landscape.
One of Europe’s largest native deciduous trees with a broad, rounded, spreading habit. Smooth bark on young trees, becoming thick and vertically fissured on old trees. Large, dark green leaves are pinnately compound, divided into pairs of lance-shaped leaflets, tipped by a single one, which creates a light feathery arrangement to the foliage. Leaves are often among the last to open in spring, and the first to fall in autumn often in dull green if an early frost strikes. Occasionally with an attractive green golden to yellow autumn color.
HONEY LOCUST ‘SUNBURST’
Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis ‘Sunburst’
Elegant, small deciduous tree with an irregular, erect or vase-shaped form and a loosely conical to broadly asymmetrical crown. Thornless trunk with dark gray or black bark, smooth on young trees, becoming stringy and vertically fissured on old trees. Bipinnately compound leaves with small leaflets, initially light green to bright golden-yellow, gradually changing to bright green in summer, then back to golden-yellow again in autumn. Inconspicuous flowers. Fruitless. A hardy and good lawn tree with finely textured foliage, that drops leaves early, leafs out late, and produces filtered shade.
Magnolia x soulangeana ‘Norbertii’
Select deciduous small, short-stem tree, initially funnel-shaped, upright, later expansive and broad, rounded habit. Smooth grey bark with coarse texture. Obovate, alternate, stout, fresh green leaves, turning pale yellow in autumn. Large and stout pink to purple from outside, white from inside, tulip-shaped flowers emerge in an abundance on bare wood in mid spring. The magnolia, a hybrid created by man, makes a wonderful floral display, filling the air with a pleasant aromatic fragrance.
Populus nigra ‘Italica’
Large, vigorous, narrowly columnar deciduous tree with erect habit. The bark is grey or light green on young trees and new growth, but becomes dark grey, thickened, and ridged or furrowed on older, larger trunks. Ovate to rhomboidal bright green leaves, turning a bright golden yellow in fall before dropping. Propagation is by cuttings since this cultivar is a male clone.
BLACK CHERRY PLUM ‘NIGRA’
Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’
Small, deciduous, upright tree with a rounded to pyramidal habit. Dark brown, furrowed bark. Deep blackish-purple leaves. Solitary, bowl-shaped, pale pink flowers are showy, and fragrant and open from deep pink buds before the leaves. These are followed in autumn by edible, dark red and spherical fruits. This cultivar, originating from the USA, has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
A computer that is capable of running your version(s) of 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, SketchUp, or Houdini.
10MB of hard disk space and additional space for the Laubwerk Plants models.
- Autodesk 3ds Max (2010-2020)
- Autodesk Maya (2015-2020, Win & Mac, Linux on request)
- MAXON Cinema 4D (R15-21, Mac & Win)
- SketchUp (2014-2020, Mac & Win)
- with V-Ray for SketchUp
- or Thea Render for SketchUp
- Sidefx Houdini (currently Apprentice 14-15.5 Win, Linux on request).
- 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 1.0.32 (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.
- Cinema 4D and Houdini: No changes.
What’s new in plants kit 1.0.23? (January 31st, 2017)
- Added support Thea for SketchUp for Windows and OS X. Compatible with Skatter for SketchUp
- Laubwerk Player plugin for SketchUp (2014-2017) with many bug fixes, improved RAM usage, performance, and user interface
- 3ds Max: Fixed a major bug that V-Ray distributed rendering failed on slave machines
- Maya: Bug fix for V-Ray high quality materials, improved Skeleton mode, faster rendering
What’s new in plants kit 1.0.22?
- Introducing the Laubwerk Player plugin for SketchUp (2014 – 2017) for Windows and OS X and the latest versions of V-Ray 2 and V-Ray 3
- Compatible with Skatter for SketchUp
- Added a dialog box that asks whether a selected Plant(s) should be replaced or should a new Plant object be created
- Added Arnold support
- Improved Corona Render support, e.g. now Plant objects are derived from GeomObject instead of SimpleObject2
- Improved speculars in Scanline renderer materials
- Improved the behavior of the Laubwerk browser, now the window does not closes itself anymore when a Plant object is replaced or created
- Fixed a bug that made 3dsmax crash when an empty Plant object is assigned to a Plant
- Fixed a bug that in Skeleton mode crashed the measure utility
- Fixed a bug that by replacing a tree through the browser reseted the variation setting
- Fixed a bug with changing seasons and variant attributes, which did not update the user interface
- Fixed a bug with Thea Render. Now, the texture group parameters for the base material are being set properly.
What’s new in plants kit 1.0.21? (August 7, 2016)
Release 1.0.21 introduces:
- Improved the translation of specular highlight size and intensity for mental ray/iray
- This version now supports Maya 2017 and 2016.5 (Extension 2) for Windows and OS X (Linux download on request)
- Selecting a plant in the Laubwerk Browser with a plant node selected now replaces the species in the selected node
- Added a search field to the Laubwerk Browser
- The path to the plant library is now stored as an option variable
- Fixed a bug with the Create Laubwerk Plant command
- Fixed a bug with adding a plant from the Laubwerk Browser caused by backslash characters
- Fixed a bug with the Laubwerk file->open command
- Fixed a bug which by deleting unused nodes dropped all materials that weren’t used in the convex hull mode. That had also caused wrong material assignments (only colored green) on trunk and some leaves
- This version now supports Cinema 4D R 18 for Windows and OS X
- This version now supports Houdini 14-15.5 for Windows (Linux download on request)
- Fixed a bug that the Laubwerk Browser panel failed to open
What’s new in plants kit 1.0.20? (June 23, 2016)
- Added support for Autodesk Maya (2014-2016) on Windows & OS X including materials for V-Ray, iray, mental ray, Maya Software, Arnold, Maxwell Render, OctaneRender
- Added support for Autodesk 3ds Max 2017
- Added a fifth free species to the Plants Kit Freebie, the Kentia palm (Howea forsteriana), a popular and elegant plant for subtropical and tropical climates and indoor
- Improved look of two species of the Plants Kits Freebie: Improved habit of the twigs and inflorescence of the common broom (Cytisus scoparius) models and improved trunk material of the Turkish pine (Pinus brutia) models
What’s new in plants kit 1.0.19? (January 26, 2016)
- Added support for Otoy OctaneRender.
- Added compatibility for Cinema 4D R17 Team Render.
- Added compatibility for Thea Render 1.5.x.
- Added support for Otoy OctaneRender.
What’s new in plants kit 1.0.18? (October 25, 2015)
- Fixed a Cinema 4D R17 problem with Help, which now opens correctly.
- Added full Japanese language support.
- Added support for iray mdl materials.
- Set names of texture maps by texture names.
- Fixed a bug with V-Ray materials in high-quality mode that now have the same brightness as in medium quality.
- Fixed a bug for 3ds Max 2016 that now prevents crashes when using Forest Pack.
- Fixed a bug for model files, which now get exported when saving as archive.
- Fixed a bug with manual setting of asset paths.
What is New in Plants Kits 1.0.17:
- Added support for Cinema 4D R17.
- Fixed a bug with 2-sided materials in VRAYforC4D.
- Thumbnails now use Retina resolution when available.
- Enabled “Show custom parameters” option when creating Arnold tags.
- Added support for integrated alpha channel when using latestet Arnold version (188.8.131.52 C4DtoA).
For all platforms
- Textures are now delivered with straight alpha instead of premultiplied.
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