Cortez / Handroanthus chrysanthus
Distribution & Tree
Yellow ipê is distributed throughout continental tropical America and some of the Lesser Antilles. The tree grows on a variety of sites, from ridge tops to riverbanks and marsh forests. Grows to 37 meters in height with trunk diameters of 150 cm. The tree is showy and handsome, blooming when devoid of leaves, in the spring months. Multiple, closely-related species of the Handroanthus genus are referred to as ipê commercially and sold interchangeably (e.g. H. Guayacan, H. impetiginosa, H. serratifolia). The group was classified as part of the Tabebuia genus until 2007.
Strength & Durability
Ecological & Social Importance
|Technical Characteristics||Ipê||Cumaru||Hickory (Shagbark)|
|Bending Stiffness (Modulus of Elasticity)||GPa||22.1||22.3||14.9|
|Bending Strength (Modulus of Rupture)||MPa||177.0||175.1||139.3|
|Values determined at 12% humidity - Provided for reference only|
Values are for reference only and cannot be guaranteed. Wood is a natural material and physical and mechanical properties may vary depending on age, genetics, and other factors. We encourage customers to consult the references provided in the bibliography. For further explanations of wood’s key technical characteristics, an excellent resource is the Wood Database with articles on Density (average dried weight); Janka hardness; Elastic Modulus; Rupture Modulus; Crushing Strength; Radial, Tangential and Volumetric Shrinkage.