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Technical information about Ipe from TrailerDecking.com
Technical Wood Properties for Ipe Hardwood
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Scientific Name, Other Names:
Tabebuia spp, Lapacho, Brazilian Ebony, Brazilian Walnut, Ironwood, Irontree, Tajibo, Guayacan, Lapacho, Arcwood
Ipe is the most popular residential hardwood decking material because it is simply the best. Very durable, very hard and very stable, Ipe is a deep brown color. Ipe is also know as Brazilian Walnut and is one of the most sought after woods throughout the world.
3,140 1000 psi
Ipe is available in boards for S4S and T&G applications. We stock sizes 1x4, 1x6, 5/4x4, 5/4x6, 2x2 thru 2x12, 4x6 thru 4x12 and 6x6. Also available in rough custom sizes.
The Ipe Tree can grow to 140 to 150 feet heigh while the diameter of its trunk can measure up to 6 feet. The average height and diameter for the Ipe tree is 100 feet and 2 to 3 feet, respectively.
Ipe can be found in some of the Lesser Antilles and throughout continental tropical America. The tree can typically be found in marsh forests or ridge tops and riverbanks.
Ipe heartwood contains shades of black and greenish-brown with some striping. The sapwood can be white or yellow toned.
Ipe's coloration is not greatly affected by light exposure.
Low to medium
Straight to very irregular
Fine to medium
Air dries rapidly, exhibiting only minor warping and checking.
Ipe is rated as moderately difficult to work with, as it blunts cutting edges. It finishes smoothly with the exception of roey portions in the wood.
Highly resistant to fungus and termites.
Railroad crossties, heavy construction, decorative veneers, tool handles, turnery, industrial flooring, flooring, decking, furniture
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Other Outstanding Species of Wood
Brazilian Apitong, Angelim Pedra
Western Red Cedar
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