About one hundred species of Tabebuia are native to warm climates of North and South
America. These are woody shrubs and trees, many with attractive
flowers. Several species are important timber trees, including some of the most
durable timbers of western hemisphere trees.
Ipe is a small tree. Its leaves are reminescent of the
native red buckeye, with five, palmately divided leafltets. It is deciduous for
a short time in late winter. When its leaves drop, the tree is covered in bright
pink, trumpet-shaped flowers. New leaves emerge immediately after flowering. Ipe
is native to the southern cone of South America.
See this plant at the north side of the new photo lab, southeast of parking garage 44.
A deciduous tree about twenty-five feet tall or more.
Light: full sun
Water: very drought tolerant once established
Soil: well-drained soil, no other special requirements
Ipé must be at or near its northern limits in Jacksonville. It has been
grown in central Florida
for many years. North of the St. Johns River,
it might be best to plant it in a protected location.
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