Quick mapping (sloppy) of your image on single sphere mesh on the left to simulate your starting point. Middle image is placement of the two participants of the bake. Then baked onto another final mesh on the right side. The 3 images are different stages of the baking process.
The created texture has black background which becomes transparent via color ramp and transparent shader. I nested the hemisphere askew to increase readability. All the hemisphere shapes below are a single mesh. Your are seeing objects below with transparency so you may need more time to get the orientation of the object. I may correct this.
Created texture with black on left. Mapped texture with black. Objects baked in alignment. Below.
- Consider Baking in Cycles Render or Blender Render. You will use a new texture to record the color reflection of one source mesh to the other target mesh.
Your finished original bushy mesh can be illuminated or set to emission material. We assume your shapes are roughly hemispheres. Hemisphere is sphere cut in half. The target mesh is hemisphere with reflective surface. Original mesh in placed over the reflective target. Bake target mesh. See video references for detailed instruction on baking in cycles render or blender render.
- Consider creating a regular rectangular tile of leaves texture, which is expected to be modest work. Leaves in this texture can all be same size. New mesh is cylinder. UV Map cylinder to leaves texture. Leaves appear all same size as in the soup can model. Use proportional editing to reshape cylinder in to hemisphere. In this scenario your original bushy collection of meshes is discarded completely... rather I mean ... placed gently in the experience bin.
Abbreviated Picture Notes
Blender Cycles Texture Baking Setup
In the following the red object is your texture object with emission material.
Red emission object is next to green reflective object follows
Bake Result is the New texture follows
Texture placed back on green inner object and rendered follows
Original Red object has been set to No Render.