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Plant Properties

The properties used to modify a plant are located to the right of the screen when your plant is selected. Only some of these properties can be adjusted right before adding the plant to your landscape, but all of the properties can be adjusted after it has been added. Below is a description of each available property in the order that they appear in the software.

Plant Properties

Options

Description

Plant

The Plant property determines the type of plant. To change the plant, click the image that shows the current plant.

Plant options

The appearance of the plant can be modified by clicking the small button that appears to the right of the plant’s picture.

Elevation

The Elevation property determines the distance of the plant from the ground. To change the elevation, move the Elevation slider or type a value in the text field.

Tilt angle

The Tilt angle property can be used to rotate the plant from a vertical to horizontal position. This is useful for rotating pictures of plants that were taken from above, such as shrubs and ground cover.

Flip horizontal

The Flip horizontal property determines whether the plant is inverted from left to right. To flip the picture horizontally, click the Flip horizontal checkbox. Only plant pictures can be flipped.

Flip vertical

The Flip vertical property determines whether the plant is inverted from top to bottom. To flip the plant vertically, click the Flip vertical checkbox. Only plant pictures can be flipped.

Rotate to face viewer

The Rotate to face viewer property determines whether the plant automatically turns to face your view, regardless how of you look at it. To toggle automatic plant rotation, click the Rotate to face viewer checkbox.

Ignore growth limits

The Ignore growth limits property determines whether the plant can be enlarged past its maximum size. To toggle this size limitation, click the Ignore growth limits checkbox.

 

Information

Description

Plant names

The Plant names property displays the common name of the plant on the first line, and the botanical name of the plant on the second line. The botanical plant name is displayed in italics.

 

To change one or both of these names for the currently selected plant, click the options button on the top-right of this property and enter the desired names. Or, to create a new plant which you can use in other landscape designs, To create a new plant based on the selected plant, click the Create a Custom Plant button. For more information, see Plant Creation Wizard.

Season

The Season property determines which seasonal variation of the plant you want to use. You can pick a specific season, or select Use global season to use the season currently specified in the environment settings. This property only applies to UltraRes Plants®.

Starting age

The Starting age of the plant determines the current size of the plant. Note that the starting age does not include any age added through the Plant Growth setting. To change the plant’s starting age, move the Starting age slider or enter a value in the text field.

Plant growth

The Plant growth property displays the current Plant Growth setting.

Current age

The Current age property displays the sum of the plant’s starting age and the current Plant Growth setting.

Mature age

The Mature age property displays the age at which the plant will reach its mature height.

Current height

The Current height property displays the height of the plant at its current age.

Mature height

The Mature height property displays the height that the plant will reach when it reaches its mature age.

Planting zones

The Planting zones property displays the zones that the plant will thrive in. To view a map of these zones, click Tools and Plant Hardiness Zones.

Note: Plant hardiness zones do not apply to annuals.

Key

The Key property displays an abbreviation of the plant’s name. To change the plant key, click the text field.

Size

The Size property displays the size of the plant when it is planted. To change the size, click the text field.

Create a Custom Plant

The Create a Custom Plant property is used to create new plant variations based on the currently selected plant. To create a new plant based on the selected plant, click the Create a Custom Plant button. For more information, see Plant Creation Wizard.

Note: This option is not available for UltraRes Plants®.


Symbol Properties

Options

Description

Use default symbol

The Use default symbol property determines whether the plant should use the standard symbol or allow you to select from the symbol library. To toggle the default symbol, click the Use default symbol checkbox.

Symbol

The Symbol property determines the symbol that is used when displaying the plant in the Plan view. To change the symbol, click the picture that displays the current plant symbol.

 

Note: Before the symbol can be changed, the Use default symbol property must be unchecked.

Symbol options

The appearance of the plant symbol can be modified by clicking the small button that appears to the right of the plant symbol image.

Scale

The Scale property determines the size of the symbol relative to the size of the plant. If the scale is set to 50, then the symbol will be one half of the plant’s size. To change the scale, move the Scale slider or enter a value in the text field.

Transparency

The Transparency property determines the opacity of the symbol in the Plan view. To change the symbol opacity, move the Transparency slider or type a value in the text field. Note that the Transparency property is only available when the Custom appearance in each view option is checked.

Symbol width

The Symbol width property displays the size of the plant symbol that is displayed in the Plan view. The symbol size is a factor of the plant’s Starting age and Scale.

See also:

Adding a Plant
Searching for Plants
Plant Symbols
Selecting Objects
Setting Object Properties
Editing Objects
Editing Materials
Setting Plant Growth
Plant Label Wizard
Adding a Plant Legend