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Laubwerk Plants Kit 7 – Tropical Palms


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Tropical Palms and Palmlike Species

A spectacular collection of tropical species found across the tropics, growing and planted at beaches, streets, parks, and gardens. Laubwerk Plants Kit 7 includes the coconut palm – the symbol of a tropical island paradise, the traveler’s palm – one of nature’s most distinctive and remarkable plants, and the Vanuatu fan palm – one of the most interesting and elegant of all small palms.

10 tropical palms and palmlike species in 3 variants, 3 ages and 4 seasons each, for architects and CG artists working in 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, or Trimble SketchUp.

3D Plants for CG Artists

Laubwerk offers easy-to-use software extensions for architects and CG artists looking for authentic 3D plants, and plant scattering tools.

With drag-and-drop simplicity, and easy-to-use tools that modify the shape, age, season and level of detail for each of Laubwerk’s stunning 3D plants, users can seamlessly add 3D trees to any CG project. For Autodesk 3ds Max & Maya, MAXON Cinema 4D, Trimble SketchUp, and Python.



Includes 360 Models

All Laubwerk Plants in this Kit come in 36 variations per species, i.e. 3 variants, 3 ages and 4 seasonal aspects.

laubwerk plants kit 7 spring
10 out of 360 palm and palmlike models of Laubwerk Plants Kit 7.


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Another 10 out of 360 palm and palmlike models of Laubwerk Plants Kit 7.


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laubwerk plants kit 7 palms
Licuala grandis detail – visualization by Kizo using Cinema 4D, Thea Render, Plants Kit 7, and Plants Kit Freebie

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 7. 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.

plants kit 7 sample 1ALEXANDER PALM
Archontophoenix alexandrae

Tall, fast-growing, solitary palm with a majestic crown of 6-10 arching pinnate fronds. Light grey, smooth stem with prominent annulated leaf scars, trunk base usually swollen or bulging, crownshaft pale glaucous green. Large, stiff feather leaves consisting of numerous closely spaced narrow leaflets pointed at the tip, dark green above and whitish or ash-colored beneath. Numerous white or cream flowers, arising below crownshaft. Small, round fruits, pale yellow turning bright red when ripe. Popular ornamental palms in the tropics and subtropics due to the graceful and majestic appearance.


plants kit 7 sample 2BETEL NUT PALM
Areca catechu

Medium-sized, solitary palm tree with an narrow, upright habit and arching, semi-erect fronds. Slender and errect stem with prominent annulated leaf scars and a green crownshaft. Broad, glossy green, feather-shaped leaves pinnately-compound with numerous, crowded leaflets, with a few of the lowest leaflets often hanging. Multiple-branching spadix, creamy-white, sweet scented flowers emerging from below the crown shaft. Fruits are ovoid drupes (betel nuts) turns orange-yellow when ripe. The palm is grown primarily for betel nuts.

plants kit 7 sample 3COCONUT PALM
Cocos nucifera

Large, solitary, slender palm with a vigorous crown of pinnate feathery fronds growing from the apex. Tall, slim, grey trunk prominently ringed with old leaf scars. Large, pinnate fronds, ascending to spreading to drooping, consisting of linear-lanceolate, rigid, yellowish-green to dark green leaflets. Old leaves break away cleanly, leaving the trunk smooth. Flowering occurs continuously. Flowers are cream to yellow, arising from within the lower fronds. Fruits ovoid drupes ripening from light green or yellow to brown. Recognized by people throughout the world as the embodiment of the tropics of lush, tropical paradises with sandy beaches. Nowadays, almost ubiquitous tropical palm between 26°N and 26°S except for the interiors of Africa and South America.

plants kit 7 sample 4LIPSTICK PALM
Cyrtostachys renda

Slender, clustering palm with up to about 3 or more adult stems and a shuttlecock-shaped crown. Scarlet to bright red crownshaft. Stem green with greyish stripes or yellow with greenish and purplish stripes. Pinnate, alternately-arranged, erect, stiff leaves, up to 8 per crown, with red stalks consisting of boat-shaped, light to dark green leaflets, slightly grey on the underside. Its bright scarlet crownshaft and petioles, red as sealing wax, make this palm one of the most attractive of palms. Widely cultivated ornamental for tropical regions.T his palm is the symbol of the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

plants kit 7 sample 5YELLOW CANE PALM
Dypsis lutescens

Small to medium-sized, slender, clumping palm with multiple cane-like stems emerging from the base and gracefully arching outward and downward pinnate fronds. Smooth, greyish-green stem ringed with distinct leaf scars and yellowish-green crownshaft. Yellowish-green to bright green, soft leaves with a prominent elevated midrib and lanceolate leaflets. Panicles of yellow flowers at the base of the crownshaft. Small, asymmetric, oblong fruits ripening from yellow to purple. Grown as an ornamental plant in gardens in tropical and subtropical regions, and elsewhere indoors as a houseplant. The palm has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

plants kit 7 sample 6VANATU FAN PALM
Licuala grandis

Small, solitary palm with very distinctive fan-like, regularly pleated, circular fronds. Thin, fiber covered trunk. Glossy, deep green, undivided leaves with notched tips. Inflorescence emerges from among the leaves with clusters of yellowish white blossoms. Green, rounded, small fruits turn red when ripe. Perhaps one of the most interesting and elegant of all small palms, ideal for understories in small, tropical landscapes as well as interiorscapes.

plants kit 7 sample 7TRAVELLER’S PALM
Ravenala madagascariensis

Medium-sized, single-stemed plant with a unique symmetrical fan-shaped crown. Sturdy grey trunk woody-like with showy leaf scar rings. The trunk is hidden underground in juvenile plants with the fan of leaves sitting on the ground and emergent in mature plants. The enormous paddle-shaped, deep green leave blades are borne on long petioles and in a distinctive fan shape aligned in a single plane. Leaf margins are sometimes split. Multitudes of small creamy white flowers. Mature palms may bloom year round and produce brown fruits that contain light blue seeds. Not a true palm, but more closely related to Strelitziaceae (bird of paradise). One of nature’s most distinctive and remarkable plants. In tropical and subtropical regions, the plant is widely cultivated for its distinctive habit and foliage, e.g. popularly used by hotels and condominiums to give a lush tropical feeling.

plants kit 7 sample 8CARIBEAN ROYAL PALM
Roystonea oleracea

Large, majestic palms with and eye-catching crown of ascending to spreading graceful feathery fronds. Grey to whitish-grey, smooth, erect trunk, usually with a distinctive bulge at the base, clearly demarceated green crownshaft. Very long, waxy, pinnate, bright green leaves, ascending to spreading, drooping slightly at the tip. Inflorescences cream, large and branched arising from below the crownshaft. Small, oblong fruits changing to purplish-black when ripe. The tallest and “most majestic” royal palm is often used as an ornamental.

plants kit 7 sample 9CABBAGE PALM
Sabal palmetto

Medium-sized, sturdy, distinct fan palm topped with a symmetrical, very dense, round crown. Gray, rough, fibrous trunk, quite variable in shape, from straight and erect, to curved or leaning, old leaf bases (“boots”) create a criss-cross pattern, trunk gets smoother as the palm matures. Large, costapalmate type leaves (mix of palmate and pinnate) with range in color from bright green to deep olive green growing right from the trunk spreading in all directions because there is no crownshaft. Small creamy to white, fragrant flowers that droop in clusters from within the crown. Black, edible fruits are fleshy, drupelike berries. Popular landscape plant known for its tolerance of salt spray and cold as well as being hurricane-proof.

plants kit 7 sample 10FOXTAIL PALM
Wodyetia bifurcata

Small or medium-sized solitary palm with a delightful crown of gracefully arching fronds. Light grey, smooth, slender trunk, closely ringed, bottle shaped to columnar, slightly swollen at base, green, slender, narrower crownshaft. Bushy, light green, fine, narrow leaves, leaflets radiate out of all angels from the leaf stem, giving it a characteristic foxtail or bottlebrush appearance. White blossoms emerging at the base of the crownshaft. Oval-shaped fruits clustered, ripening from green to orange-red. One of the most spectacular foliage displays of all palms.

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 (2015-2024)

  • Autodesk Maya (2018-2024, Win & Mac, Linux on request)

  • MAXON Cinema 4D (R16-S26, 2023 Mac & Win)

  • SketchUp (2014-2023, Mac & Win)

    • with V-Ray for SketchUp

    • or Thea Render for SketchUp

  • Vectorworks 2023

  • 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 1.0.49 (April 5, 2024)

  • Added 3ds Max 2025 support

  • Added SketchUp 2024 support

  • Fixed support for iToo Forest Pack for 3ds Max

  • Small bug fixes and improvements for 3ds Max, SketchUp, and Cinema 4D

Update 1.0.48 (December 22, 2023)

  • Fixed a bug that could cause SketchUp to crash when loading the Laubwerk Player

  • Fixed a bug that could cause problems with V-Ray for SketchUp

  • Fixed a bug that prevented plant common names from appearing in the Asset Editor in SketchUp

  • Changed the new default material quality in the Cinema 4D and 3ds Max Laubwerk Browser from medium to high

  • Proxy mesh colors in 3ds Max now change based on the selected plant variant and season

Update 1.0.47 (November 15, 2023)

  • Support for Cinema 4D 2024

  • Fixed a bug affecting the Plant Library Browser in SketchUp 2018 and earlier

  • Small bug fixes and improvements for 3ds Max, SketchUp, and Cinema 4D

Update 1.0.46 (July 17, 2023)

  • Support for additional seasonal names introduced with Kit 18

  • Small bug fixes and improvements for 3ds Max, Maya, SketchUp, and Python

Update 1.0.45 (June 19, 2023)


  • Added Maya 2024 support

  • Bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements

3ds Max

  • Added 3ds Max 2024 support

  • Bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements

Cinema 4D

  • Fixed a bug that caused problems with Cinema 4D files saved with earlier versions

  • Bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements

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