London plane

Platanus ✕ acerifolia – Londen plane, Londen planetree, sometimes called Sycamore

Tree Description

Plane trees line many city streets from London all the way to New York and Sydney. All across the world, the tree is loved for its beautiful camouflage bark and its resilience against harsh city life, pollution as well as high and low temperatures.

The distinctive bark texture forms through the shedding of big flakes of bark, revealing the lighter bark underneath.

The Londen Plane is most likely a hybrid between the Oriental plane and the American sycamore. Its leaves are a blend of the two parent species and closely resemble maple leafs, hence its acerifolia name.

The tree’s character forms a beautiful crown on its own. But the tree is also a willing subject for an extreme pruning technique called pollarding. This can be done to keep the tree compact yet dense in foliage, but there is another shape you will often encounter on city squares. Sometimes called horizontally trained, these Planes are regularly pruned to form a flat roof. Give it a try with the pruning tools introduced in The Grove 4.

What you get

Effortlessly grow majestic 3D trees using the Grove's twig 3D models. Twigs attach to trees grown with the Grove 3D tree growing software, adding incredible detail and realism. Twigs are modeled to scale from actual trees. Textures are captured with correct color and reflectance.

Included is a Blender (.blend) file and texture maps. The twig is materialized and ready to render in Blender's Cycles render engine. Using Blender's support for several file formats, you can grow your tree and export it to your preferred application for rendering. Please read Build for details about exporting.

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