Ipe Hardwood lumber products

IPE - Hardwood lumber products

IPE –(Tabebuia spp.)

Also known in the woodworking industry as Iron Wood, Lapacho, Brazilian Walnut, or Yellow Poui. Ipe is one of the densest woods commonly used for exterior applications such as decking and siding projects. Ipe is the answer for all applications needing beauty, stability, and longevity. Ipe is the highest standard for decking throughout the world. Our Ipe is available with optional FSC certification. We produce both air-dried (AD) or kiln-dried (KD) products depending upon your specifications. We produce Ipe as decking, flooring, dimensional lumber, E4E, S4S, RS (Rough Sawn), deck tiles, and table slabs. We manufacture these products at our factory and offer a variety of standard and custom sizes.

Common Name:

Iron Wood, Lapacho, Brazilian Walnut, or Yellow Poui

Botanical Name:

Tabebuia spp.

Indigenous to:

Tropical Americas (Central and South America) it is also farmed commercially.

Modulus of Rupture:

 25,660 lbf/in2 (177.0 MPa)


Radial: 5.1%, Tangential: 6.4%, Volumetric: .68%, T/R Ratio: 1.3

How is it dried:

Info coming soon

Is it dried quickly:

No A slow kiln drying is recommended in order to reduce
defects, especially with thicker boards


Moderately Stable

Exterior Wood Recommendation:

Species covering the use class 5: Yes
This species naturally covers the use class 5 (end-uses in marine environment or in brackish water)
due to its high specific gravity and hardness.

Fastening Method:

Nailing / screwing: good but pre-drilling is necessary
Gluing: Yes (for interior only) with special techniques to reduce the oils
Note: Gluing must be done with care (very dense wood).

Ecosystem impact:

This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. However, Ipe species grow in very low densities, with mature trees only occurring once per every (3 to 10 hectares) of forest. Though uncommon, certified sources of Ipe are available.

Toxicity and allergic reactions:

Skin irritant, headache, asthma, vision effects


Ipe has a very light mild scent while being worked.

Products we manufacture using this species:

Deck Tiles, Decking, Rainscreen, Dimensional lumber

Other common uses:

Cabinetwork (high class furniture)

Sliced veneer

Furniture or furniture components


Bridges (parts in contact with water or ground)

Industrial or heavy flooring

Ship building (planking and deck)


Stakes Hydraulic works (fresh water)

Moulding Bridges (parts not in contact with water or ground)

Stairs (inside)

Heavy carpentry

Turned goods

Musical instruments

Tool handles (resilient woods)

Vehicle or container flooring

Hydraulic works (seawater)

Note: Filling is recommended to obtain a good finish.

Susceptibility to

Dry Wood borers:

Durable – sapwood demarcated (risk limited to sapwood)


Class 1 – very durable


Class D – durable


Class 4 – not permeable

Against dry wood borer attacks: does not require any preservative treatment
In case of risk of temporary humidification: does not require any preservative treatment
In case of risk of permanent humidification: does not require any preservative treatment

Janka Hardness:

  •  3680 lbf (25,860 N)
Skin irritant, headache, asthma, vision effects