Botanical Name: Tabebuia spp.
Species Type: Hardwood
Origin: Central and South America
The term ipê refers to seven different tree species within the genus Tabebuia, each found in the tropical forests of Central and South America. These massive trees can reach heights of 150 feet, and are supported by a surprisingly narrow trunk.
Ipê is a hard and resilient wood, often used in coastal environments. Its wood is also known for its resistance to attack by both fungi and insects, and holds a Class A fire rating -- the same rating given to concrete and steel.
The heartwood can vary in color from a reddish brown, to a more yellowish olive brown, to a dark blackish brown; sometimes with contrasting darker brown/black stripes. In certain species, there are powdery yellow deposits within the wood.
Uses of Ipê
• Exterior Lumber
• Tool Handles & other turned objects