Palm trees give your landscapes, city streets, office environments, and gardens a refreshing tropical feel. This makes 3d models of palm trees one of the most popular ornamental plant 3d models used by 3d modeling artists for landscapes in architectural scenes, still renders, city scenes, and 3d visualizations.
There are many types of palm tree 3d models that you can use in your 3d landscape. However, the best ones are the palm trees that actually grow in your landscape’s climate. When you choose 3d models of palm trees that grow in your landscape’s climate, your city scenes look more realistic and believable.
How do you choose the right palm tree 3d model for your landscape?
To select the appropriate palm tree, let’s first take a look at what sets palm trees apart from other trees.
Most palm trees have large, compound leaves located at the top of a stem and the stem does not have branches. They grow in tropical and subtropical regions and do not tolerate severe cold weather.
Therefore, the first step in selecting your palm tree 3d model is to determine whether your landscape’s climate is tropical or subtropical.
If your climate is not tropical or subtropical, then only use palm trees as indoor plants for interior scenes or botanical gardens.
The next step is to search for and select the types of palm trees that grow in your landscape’s climate. For example, if you are 3d modeling a casino in Las Vegas, then need you would choose a desert palm tree, such as the True Date Palm Tree, for the landscape. The True Date Palm tree is well suited for very hot and dry climates like the desert. It also likes full sunlight and grows very tall to about 50 feet. The True Date Palm is typically used for landscaping in upscale developments, such as commercial structures, malls, hotels, etc.
See below a list of popular palm trees grown in the Southern U.S. and further North.
- Mediterranean (European) Fan Palm
- California Fan Palm
- True Date Palm
- Queen Palm
- Canary Island Date Palm
- Texas Sabal Palm
- Windmill Palm
- Pindo Palm
- Sago Palms
- Mexican Fan Palm
Once you know what type of palm trees you need, simply get the stock 3d models of the palm trees. It is important that you choose stock 3d models that are low polygon, since you might be using them several tree 3d models in your landscape.
Now that your palm tree 3d models are ready, it’s time to place them in your scene. These are several things you want to consider when placing the palm trees in your scene. For example, palm trees that can’t withstand direct light must be grouped together with other trees and shrubs to protect them from sunlight. Also, palm trees that are in colder environments should be grouped together with other trees to protect them from the cold wind.
Palm trees not only have ornamental value but they have great economic importance as many products are derived from palm trees including coconut products, oils, dates, palm syrup, ivory nuts, carnauba wax, rattan cane, raffia and palm wood.
As you can see, it is very important to select the right type of palm tree to use in your 3d landscape. It is also important to know how to place them together with other plants in your scene.
The best way to save time is to buy stock tree 3d models already available so you can use them to make your architectural landscapes, still renders, and visualizations look more realistic. Ultimately, this variety of palm tree 3d models enables you to choose one that is most appropriate for your architectural landscapes, city scenes, still renders, and 3d visualizations.