Clone Plant (Formerly Known as Match Plant)
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Clone Plant (Formerly Known as Match Plant)

  • Clone Plant Overview

    Our Clone Plant tool (formerly known as Match Plant)grabs the symbol and data assigned to one plant and then copies that plant, along with all its data, into other locations in your drawing. In this way, you can place plants quickly without having to open the Plant Manager.




    Hoping to apply the properties of one plant to other existing plants in your drawing? Check out our Mimic Plant tool (formerly known as Match Properties).

    Clone Plant Overview

    Open Clone Plant:



    F/X Planting ribbon, Clone Plant flyout

    F/X Planting ribbon, Clone flyout




    type FX_ClonePlant in the Command line

    F/X Plant menu


    F/X Planting menu, Clone Plant option




    The cursor will turn into a pickbox, and the Command line will prompt you to Select source object.



    You can now select either an individual tree or shrub, or a groundcover or Shrub Area, to copy.



    Cloning (Matching) Individual Trees and Shrubs

    Select a plant in your drawing that you want to re-create. This plant will become the Source Object, which will give its symbol and data to the new plants you're about to place using Clone Plant.

    Source object
    Source object selected




    Copy of source plant at crosshairs

    Once you select the source plant, you'll see a copy of the selected plant at the cursor crosshairs.



    You can now click to place that plant in your drawing as many times as you need to.




    Keyboard Commands for Trees and Shrubs

    With Clone Plant active, you can type K to see the available keyboard commands for cloning individual trees or shrubs. These commands correspond to the keyboard commands available in our Plant Shotgun feature.


    Clone Plant keyboard commands

    Type any of the following commands on your keyboard. (The Keyboard Commands dialog box is only informational – the key buttons won't actually fire the commands.)

    • 1–0: Set a number of plants to place (aka Shotgun Mode).
    • Q/E: Toggle to the previous/next available plant in the Plant Manager.
    • T: Enter Paint Mode, where you can "paint" an area with copies of the selected plant.
    • W/S: If placing multiple plants, set a wider/smaller spacing for them (aka Shotgun Spacing).
    • A/D: Rotate the copied plant(s) you are placing to the left/right.
    • L: Label the copied plant(s) you're placing.
    • X: Enable our Xhair Angle tool, which allows you to place plants at a set angle.
    • V: Switch to our Copy along Line tool.
    • C: Switch to our Copy along Arc tool.




    Clone Plant and Shrub Area & Groundcover Hatches

    You can also use Clone Plant to copy and place Shrub Area and groundcover hatches.



    To use Clone Plant with a Shrub Area or groundcover hatch in your drawing, select one instance of the hatch when prompted to Select source object.



    To clone the plant in an enclosed area you've already drawn, click the boundary of that area.

    Select polyline boundary




    Cloned planting hatch fills polyline area



    The groundcover or Shrub Area will fill the polyline area.




    With Clone Plant active, you can also choose to:

    • Type D (for Draw) to draw the polyline area on the fly. Any closed polyline area you draw with the tool still active will be filled with plant you selected as the Source Object.
    • Type E (for Exclude Shrubs). Our Exclude Shrubs tool will be engaged, meaning any shrubs within the polyline areas you select will be excluded from the hatch. (Note: This feature will only work with groundcovers – not Shrub Areas). More information >
    • Type M (for Multiple). You'll then be able to exclude interior objects from the hatch as you would when placing any groundcover or Shrub Area.




    Clone Plant and the Stipple Hatch Pattern

    Our Stipple hatch pattern for groundcovers is now compatible with our Clone Plant tool.


    Stipple hatch pattern

    Clone Plant and Slope Areas

    Slope Areas work with our Slope Callout tool to apply a specific grade percentage or ratio to a closed polyline area in your drawing. Objects represented by any smart hatches within those closed polylines (Slope Areas) will have their quantity, volume, or area recalculated based on that slope percentage or ratio.


    Clone Plant recognizes Slope Areas. If you select a Slope Area callout or boundary as a source object with Clone Plant active, the duplicate area you place will also become a Slope Area.

    Related Webinars

    • Getting Started with the Planting Tools: Starting from square one, we'll provide the necessary information for familiarizing yourself with the software and starting your training right. (1 hr 3 min)


    Having issues placing plants? See our Placing Plants Troubleshooting section.

Last modified on Wednesday, 15 March 2023 16:54

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