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Skyrim LE version: Enhanced Vanilla Trees





Enhanced Vanilla Trees aims to be a one stop tree enhancement mod with the following features:
  • Enhanced 'Vanilla' Trees
  • Enhanced 'Vanilla' Trees that are more lush (double the amount of leaves)
  • Enhanced 'Vanilla' Trees that are more lush and 50% larger
  • Custom Lush Trees that have leaves and small branches removed from their trunk to be more visually pleasing
  • Custom Lush Trees that have leaves and small branches removed from their trunks and are 50% larger
  • Support for Realistic Aspen Trees built in
  • Support for Vurt's Snowy Pines Trees from SFO
  • Support for other Pines textures created by Vurt from SFO
  • An option for greener bark textures (only for Custom Trees)
  • Different trunk brightness for players using ENB/Reshade or weather mods that increase brightness
  • Pre-generated LODs, including a darker LOD option for some options
  • Billboards for all trees and variations so advanced users can create their own easily
  • Support for 3D Tree LODs for DynDOLOD users for all supplied options
  • Includes a parallax option, however, parallax is not currently supported in Special Edition and ENB currently lacks this feature, as well.





Through splitting the mesh and UV-remapping the textures are forced to be applied more times, therefore the stretching of a texture is kept at a minimum. This approach does not result in increased VRAM usage, but that does not mean EVT uses low resolution textures. For example, the Custom Lush and Large trees use 4K instead of 2K textures. The UV tweaking is just one of the features included.

Beside having double and sometimes triple the resolution on all applied trunk textures, these higher polygon meshes allow EVT to have more complex and detailed trunk shapes. On top of this EVT offers tree versions with more foliage, larger tree sized, and custom textures for both foliage and trunk. It is an All-In-One complete tree enhancement package.

Here is an illustration of the principle applied to the trees:


As a side effect trees will have reduced animations. While the leaves on the trees are still animated, branch flexing is not possible at this time. This is true to all tree mods that provide custom meshes and even for tree mods that add more foliage suffer from this issue. If this is an issue for you do not use any mod that replaces tree meshes and stick to texture only mods for trees. We might investigate in the future how to work around this limitation.

Note that the Aspen trees provided with this mod are included for convenience reasons only (matching tree size and LODs) and therefore will have full animations.

Here is a demonstration video of the animations that can be expected:






  • Install with your mod manager of your choice. The FOMOD installer will guide you through the various options.

  • If you want to generate your own tree LODs also install the 'Enhanced Vanilla Tree - Billboards' file and select the same option as you did for the main mod.

  • Installation and removal during ongoing games is safe. You can try out different combinations as you like.

  • If you want to install this mod manually, good luck! We will not provide support for users who try this and run into problems.

  • When installing, make sure that no other mods overwrite the meshes, textures, or LODs from this mod. Unless, of course, you are an advanced user and know exactly what you are doing.

  • Sorting with LOOT should be fine. In general it doesn't matter where the ESP is placed in the load order, as it only contains new paths to the meshes. There should be no conflicts except with mods that are incompatible to begin with.






Mods with support built in



Compatible Mods

  • Enhanced Landscapes - install EVT after Enhanced Landscapes and let EVT overwrite files from Enhanced Landscapes. Users will need to generate their own tree LODs.


  • Bent Pines - users will need to generate their own tree LODs.

  • Grass Mods - EVT does not touch any grass or landscape textures.

  • Compatible with any textures that change the tree clutter; supplied for convenience with EVT.


Incompatible Mods


  • Skyrim Flora Overhaul - incompatible out of the box. But users can use the updated meshes for the Vurt's SnowyPines option. EVT's billboards are still a very good match.

  • Incompatible with texture mods that change tree barks because EVT uses updated meshes (except Aspen Trees). Textures need to be made compatible for the included meshes.

  • Incompatible with any other mod that provides Tree LODs for vanilla trees (e.g. do not install Tree LODs from Vivid Weathers or else let EVT overwrite them).

  • Incompatible with any other tree mod that changes vanilla trees or their meshes. Mods that add new trees are compatible, but users will need to generate their own tree LODs.

  • Limited compatibility with texture mods for foliage and branches because billboards and tree LODs may not match. However, any texture for the foliage and branches will work with the EVT meshes without the need to adjust them.





There are multiple options in the installer that go down the list by their respective performance hit. Because we have reduced animations, despite a higher polygon count, the Basic option will have slightly better performance over vanilla trees. For the Custom Large and Lush trees there will be a hit of 3-10  FPS depending on your system and how much headroom your system has per frame and your VRAM, of course.

Most of the impact on performance will be due to shadows because larger trees with more leaves will cast a lot more shadows, both on the ground and on themselves. If you use more conservative settings you might gain a few FPS back.

Try out what best fits your system. If one option seems too much for your load order try a lower one.





In case you want to create your own Tree LODs you can find the procedures below. If you are already comfy with generating your own LODs you probably will not learn anything new. The procedures focus on generating tree LODs only. If you want to you can run object LOD creation at the same time, of course, with the settings of your liking. See DynDOLOD FAQ/Docs for more info.

For any specific problems with these tools please visit their respective support page. We can only provide support specific to EVT and not general support on LOD creation.

When installing Enhanced Vanilla Trees - Billboards make sure to select the same options as for the main mod!


With SSELODGEN (for all users)

  1. Install Indistinguishable Vanilla Tree Billboards
  2. Install Enhanced Vanilla Trees (let it overwrite file)
  3. Install Enhanced Vanilla Trees - Billboards (let it overwrite files)
  4. Start SSELODGen
  5. Make sure 'Tree LODs' is checked (leave 'Object LODs' unchecked if you want to create tree LODs only)
  6. Select the world spaces for which you want to create new tree LODs
  7. Select the brightness for your tree LODs
  8. Click on Generate and Wait


3D Tree LOD Generation with DynDOLOD (for advanced users)

  1. Unpack DynDOLOD somewhere
  2. Edit 'DynDOLOD\EditScripts\DynDOLOD\DynDOLOD_SSE.ini' and set 'TreeLODs=0'
  3. Delete the contents of the 'DynDOLOD\EditScripts\DynDOLOD\cache\' folder
  4. Install Indistinguisable Vanilla Tree Billboards
  5. Install DynDOLOD Resources (let it overwrite files)
  6. Install Enhanced Vanilla Trees (let it overwrite files)
  7. Install Enhanced Vanilla Trees - Billboards (let it overwrite files)
  8. Start DynDOLOD with "DynDOLOD.exe -SSE' to start it in SSE mode
  9. Select 'Advanced Mode'
  10. 'Generate LOD Tree' should be grayed out of you did step 2 correct
  11. Select the world spaces you want to generate 3D tree LODs for
  12. Select the brightness for the Tree LODs
  13. Click on OK and wait
  14. Copy the DynDOLOD Output into your installation directory

If you want to generate 2D tree LODs with DynDOLOD, reset 'TreeLODs=0' to 'TreeLODs=1' again.



Video Showcase


Video from Oldrim. If you are willing to make a nice updated showcase video for SSE let us know!


EVT together with some other mods if your are a more experienced mod user.





First, see the Frequently Asked Questions article.

If you find any bugs, incompatibilities with other mods, general issues, or if you have a feature request, please leave a comment in the comment section. We will regularly check them.

When posting a bug report, please include the installation options you used!

If you like this mod, please leave an endorsement. This is how mod authors measure the quality of their work. And leaving endorsements and comments is a good way to motivate mod authors to keep updating and maintaining a mod.

Also screenshots and showcase videos of your installation are highly welcomed!





Check out some other mods by Someramdomguy83 or Scythe42:

 






All the work on this conversion was done by Scythe42 and/or TechAngel85 and not the original author of.

Somerandomguy83 published this page as he is the only one who can do that legally at the moment. Scythe42/TechAngel85 will be the maintainers for the SE version in SRG's name for the time being, while SRG is the legal publisher and responsible for all permissions.

Please do not contact Somerandomguy83 or post on the original mod page in regards to this SE conversion, as he cannot offer you any advise.

Please go to the mod pages of these mods and leave an endorsement!
  • Vurt for his 4K pine foliage textures and snowy trees foliage meshes from SFO
  • AceeQ for realistic aspen tree branch textures from Realistic Aspen Trees
  • Namoptep for his 4K Aspen Bark texture from TreesHD_Skyrim_Variation
  • Sheson for help with setting up 3D LODs and his great DynDOLOD

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