When you buy trees and plants from a model store, however, you will often see that the leaves render obscurely - but when you look at real leaves with the sun behind them they get a lovely translucent green quality.
If you want to use tree models, and you want to recreate a translucent leaf effect, here is how I did it (3dsMax Mental Ray settings):
Note that this is only relevant for deciduous trees because conifers etc don't have noticeably translucent leaves - their needles are too thick.
These settings should create vibrant leaves with sunlight glowing through them, and even will cast a glowing shadow on the ground that will look far more realistic than simply obscure non-light transmitting leaves.
Envisaged are helping with the design of a new Premier Inn hotel in Scarborough. The project involves the conversion of the old Scarborough Conservative Club on Huntriss Row into a new 90 bed five storey hotel to extend the existing Premier Inn hotel building. A whole new floor is to be added to the building, with the retained listed brick and stone facade, including the original oriel bay corner tower, extended in height. Construction is primarily using a metal lightweight frame, but with a steel and concrete structure to the front section of the hotel to help restrain the retained frontage. The project has started on site this month and expected to take one and half years to complete with a project value of around £6m.