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The greenish brown to greenish yellow-brown heartwood of Ipé is clearly distinguishable from the yellowish grey 40-80 mm thick sapwood. Ipé has a fairly uniform structure with no distinguishing marks. The wood is very hard and strong, difficult to split and extremely elastic.

Properties of this timber species


  • Botanical name: Tabebuia serratifolia / Tabebuia ipé / Tabebuia cassinioides / Tabebuia guayacan / Tabebuia longiflora
  • ATIBT name: Ipé
  • Other names: Greenheart

 Quality requirements

  • Ipé is listed in the Dutch norm NEN 5493 'Quality Requirements For Hardwoods In Road Construction Works, Hydraulic Engineering Works And Other Structural Applications’.


  • Mainly for construction work (bridge and shipbuilding and harbour works), sleepers, indoor and outdoor panelling, floors, tool shafts (replaces Hickory or Ash), garden wood and garden furniture


  • Resistance to fungi: class 1 (very durable)
  • Resistance to insects: Termites class D (sapwood and heartwood very durable), Anobium (woodworm) class D, Hylotrupes (old-house borer) class D. In contrast to the Demerara Greenheart, Ipé is not resistant to damage by pile worm.


  • (950)-1050-(1150) kg/m3 at 12% moisture content
  • Fresh 1200-1300 kg/m3

source: Houtvademecum © 2010 Centrum Hout Almere, 10e herziene druk

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