A selection of both common and distinctive temperate shrubs and bushes species planted in parks, gardens, and rural landscapes including excellent shrubs with spectacular floral display such as Yunnan redbud, and Bachelor’s buttons, common hawthorn with beautiful autumn color and the cherry laurel ‘Schipkaensis’, a very popular ornamental shrub.
10 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 temperate deciduous tree models of Laubwerk Plants Kit 8.
Autumn: 10 out of 360 temperate deciduous tree models of Laubwerk Plants Kit 8.
Dog-rose (Rosa canina). CG artwork by Mario Kelterbaum using Cinema 4D, Otoy OctaneRender, and Laubwerk Plants Kit 8.
Bachelor’s button (Kerria japonica ‘Pleniflora’). CG artwork by Mario Kelterbaum using Cinema 4D, Otoy OctaneRender, and Laubwerk Plants Kit 8.
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 shrubs and bushes species are included in the Plants Kit 8. 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.
Large erect deciduous flowering shrub or small understory tree of open habit with an vase-shaped crown. Smooth grey-brown bark. Finely-toothed, elliptic to oblong leaves emerge bronze-tinged in spring, mature to dark green in summer turning red-orange in autumn. Star-shaped white flowers in drooping clusters appearing in early spring before the leaves. Berry-like round fruits are dark red when young, which ripen to dark purplish-black and resemble blueberries in size, color, and taste. Widely cultivated as an ornamental plant. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
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.
Corylus maxima ‘Purpurea’
Large deciduous shrub with an upright-growing habit, widely diverging to umbrella-shaped when old. Grey to brown bark. Broad, opulent deep purple leaves. Catkins flowers produced on leafless twigs in late winter. Pale yellow male (pollen) catkins and short bright red female catkins. Followed by edible nuts concealed by a tubular husk. Popular ornamental shrub in parks and gardens. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
Deciduous thorny shrub or small, rounded tree with a dense crown. Dull brown bark with vertical orange cracks. Glossy, deeply lobed leaves, upper surface is dark green above and paler underneath. Creamy white flowers grouped in broad, dense, flat-topped clusters and resemble cherry or apple blossoms. Dark red berries in autumn. Common hawthorn is extensively planted as a hedge plant, especially in rural landscapes.
Forsythia x intermedia
Medium-sized, fast-growing deciduous shrub with an upright and spreading habit. Bark green when new, becoming olive-brown to yellowish-brown. Medium green leaves, opposite to sub-opposite, ovate to elliptical, and serrated on the upper half of the leaf blade, with an acuminate tip. Pale-yellow to brilliant yellow flowers produced on one- to two-year-old growth in early spring. Attractive flowering shrub for shady areas or shrub borders.
Kerria japonica ‘Pleniflora’
Medium-sized deciduous shrub with slender, arching, yellowish-green stems. Double-toothed, narrow, ovate-lanceolate, light green leaves, prominently veined, turn yellow in autumn. Rounded, five-petaled, rose-like, solitary bright yellow double flowers, blooms somewhat profusely from mid-spring. Very popular cultivar in gardens and parks.
DWARF MOUNTAIN PINE
Pinus mugo subsp. mugo
Small, slow growing, evergreen, coniferous shrub. Curved, often multi stemmed trunk, red or grey bark, reddish branches. Bright to dark green leaves are needle-shaped, borne in pairs. Flowering period in late spring. Symmetrical nut brown cones, thin-scaled and matt textured. As an ornamental it is very popular, e.g. in municipal parks, front yards, rockeries.
CHERRY LAUREL ‘SCHIPKAENSIS’
Prunus laurocerasus ‘Schipkaensis’
Evergreen large shrub or small tree with a dense, rounded, upright form. Glossy, leathery, dark green leaves. Showy, strongly scented, small white flowers in spring in erect racemes. Small, cherry-like, glossy red fruits, turning black when ripe in early autumn. Popular ornamental plant used in gardens and parks in temperate regions worldwide.
Small to medium-sized, fast-growing deciduous shrub with gracefully arching, multiple stems. Stems are covered with thorns. Alternate and pinnately, green leaves divided into 5 to 7 leaflets with serrated margins. Scented, pale pink to white flowers with 5 petals are solitary or in small clusters at the ends of branches and bloom in late spring to summer. Oval, smooth, bright red fruits (hips) that persist on the plant for several months. A perfectly lovely wild rose in its simple charm.
DWARF ARCTIC WILLOW
Salix purpurea ‘Nana’
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 (2015-2023)
- 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.
|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
- Added support for Arnold Renderer 220.127.116.11 fixing material issues
- Fixed issues with Laubwerk Plants in projects saved with ‘Save Project with Assets…”
- Added 3ds Max 2023 support
- Fixed the texture map assignments for the new CoronaPhysicalMaterial in Corona 7
Update 1.0.40 (Nov 26, 2021)
- Added compatibility to V-Ray 5 for SketchUp, update 2.1 (5.20.02)
Update 1.0.39 (Sep 20, 2021)
- 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
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.
- 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
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