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Plants of the UNF Campus

Tabebuia impetignosa - Ipé, Pink trumpet tree
Family Bignoniaceae


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.

Care Instructions:

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.

Tabebuia impetiginosa