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Picked upload! Shrubby Shrubs!

by HystericalParoxysm Posted 21st Sep 2007 at 3:52 PM - Updated 22nd Sep 2007 at 9:43 AM by HystericalParoxysm
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
So, I've been building, and building means I end up landscaping though I'm terrible at it, and I was shocked... there's not one dang shrubby shrub that comes with the game! Oh, sure, you can get shrubby trees and shrubby flower bushes... but not one dang shrubby shrub to be found!

So, like I often do when I'm flabbergasted at stuff, I made some stuff to fill that gap.

Gentlemen, behold! I give you... shrubby shrubs!

Four Sizes: I have created four different sizes, so you can mix and match and get a very natural look. They look quite good if you kind of taper off as you get to the outside of a clump of them, using smaller ones on the outer edges and larger ones toward the center. They also clump well with the hibiscus tree, so you kind of have five sizes.

Repository/Slave Linked Textures: Because it's just a kickass technique, and because I like doing it so much, these shrubby shrubs are linked to the Maxis hibiscus ("Midbiscus") tree. All of my recolours will show up for the hibiscus tree (making it even more useful) as well as all four of my shrubby shrubs. For additional recolours, you'd recolour the hibiscus tree, and it and all of my meshes would get your new recolour. Huge thanks to IgnorantBliss for the tutorial on how to do that.

New Recolours: I've done four recolours of the hibiscus tree that work for these... green with no flowers (looks just like the hibiscus but no flowers), dark green, a sort of silvery green, and a bit of a muddy olive green.

1 Tile: These, unlike the flowers I did previously, are not walk-through-able. They are all one tile objects, though, and the larger ones do exceed that 1 tile size so sims may collide with some of the outer foliage. Since I couldn't make them 1.5 tile and 2 tile was too big, this seemed like it'd work fine.

Purely Decorative: These bushes do not need to be trimmed or tended in any way. They're not really real bushes. Just plastic.

Garden Center: Due to popular demand, I have categorized these not in decorative objects, but actually in the build mode catalog where bushes normally show up.

Price: 50 simoleons, so they're quite affordable.

Of course you may include these with your house uploads to any free site with a link and credit.

Polygon Counts:
All four meshes (jumbo, large, medium, and small) have the same poly count: 1722 polygons, 1146 vertices.

While this is considerably lower than the original hibiscus tree, they're still not super low poly and they're the sort of thing you tend to use over and over, so just be a little sparing with them, especially on a big lot.

Additional Credits:
IgnorantBliss, for the great tutorial on repository textures.
Everyone who's contributed to the development of SimPE.
Everyone in #create who listened to me whine about these silly things.
Stormwench, for listening to me whine extra much.

Currently not base game-compatible for some inexplicable reason - I am investigating further why this is and will be fixing it as soon as I discover the cause. These work fine for me in all EPs up to Seasons and I bet they'll work with less, just... not the base game only at the moment. Grawr.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
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Size: 409.6 KB · Downloads: 29,844 · 21st Sep 2007
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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#51 Old 27th Apr 2008 at 5:51 AM
Thank you so much for this! I always use these shrubs on my lots now and they look so much more realistic with all the different sizes put together. There's one thing though that others already mentioned, the original maxis shrub (or hibiscustree actually ) keeps flashing blue when I use one of the custom recolours when the season changes from summer to fall or winter. I do not have Bon Voyage so that is not the problem, my latest EP is Seasons.
Edit: spelling!
Lab Assistant
#52 Old 6th May 2008 at 10:47 PM
I adore these because the Midbiscus is probably my favorite Maxis plant (tree, shrub, whatever) I'm having the same issue with the recolors working fine on the shrubby shrub meshes themselves, and even on another creator's miniature Midbiscus, but not on the Maxis original plant. On the Maxis plant, the recolors look normal in buy/build but start flashing blue when I go to live mode. I do have all SPs and EPs so it could conceivably be a compatibility issue. I can live without being able to use the recolors on the original Maxis plant but I'd love it if I could For now, I just have lots of shrubby shrubbery instead of the Midbiscus.
Lab Assistant
#53 Old 5th Sep 2008 at 12:11 AM
Shrubby Shrubs! This is one of those things that I didn't even know was missing from the game until I saw this. Thank you!
Mad Poster
#54 Old 8th Sep 2008 at 4:14 AM
They are awesome and I love them! Thank you! :-D
Lab Assistant
#55 Old 25th Oct 2008 at 8:25 PM
I LOVE the name--shrubby shrubs! GENIUS! *downloads* Thank HP! You are the shiznit! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoX a million

If you're not saying what's on your mind,
you're as good as dead!
Lab Assistant
#56 Old 16th May 2009 at 1:04 AM
I lubs shrubby shrubs!
Lab Assistant
#57 Old 5th Jul 2009 at 2:55 PM
Currently not base game-compatible for some inexplicable reason - I am investigating further why this is and will be fixing it as soon as I discover the cause. These work fine for me in all EPs up to Seasons and I bet they'll work with less, just... not the base game only at the moment. Grawr.

Tis a shame, I was planning to use most of your most excellent Shrubby Shrubs as replacements for all of my "firefly bushes" as a part of my Land Of Oz and its "lighting" needs. . . Oh well, but you have done so very very much for so many and this is such a very small thing.


... Jim ...
Forum Resident
#58 Old 29th Sep 2009 at 12:23 PM
Very pretty. Thanks!
#59 Old 26th Feb 2010 at 2:52 AM
*gasp!* Shrubby shrubs! Finally, something that looks like the sort of greenery I find around my neighbourhood!!!! I might actually landscape now!
#60 Old 13th Nov 2011 at 3:03 AM
You're right, what the game needs is this, different heights of shrubs like there are in nature.
Test Subject
#61 Old 19th Dec 2011 at 6:10 AM
These are great and will really help my lousy gardening skills! but I'm wondering; I have downloaded lots from here and they have them landscaped so much more naturally than the stuff I can do (all in a row) is there some cheat to be able to place a bush off center on the tile so that can be kind of bunched together?
Test Subject
#62 Old 26th May 2013 at 7:36 PM
These are lovely, but they flash blue whenever the season changes to fall; is there a way to make them seasons compatible?
Field Researcher
#63 Old 27th Jan 2014 at 8:06 PM
I've been using this in the game & really LOVE! the different heights of theses. I appreciate your sharing these. Thanks bunches :-)
Test Subject
#64 Old 28th Mar 2014 at 5:58 PM
Yes! That's what I wanted. Thank you very much for sharing! :)
Test Subject
#65 Old 19th Jun 2015 at 12:35 AM
I can't believe I didn't find these until now! Thank you so much! I don't know how many times I've silently screamed at EA/Maxis for not providing any natural looking shrubs when playing this game. Not everyone is into the super-trimmed hedge look, so these will be perfect!
Test Subject
#66 Old 10th Mar 2016 at 4:29 AM
Test Subject
#67 Old 9th Dec 2016 at 1:26 PM
Fine and useful, thanks!
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