Brazilian Walnut (Handroanthus spp.)

Ipe is also commonly referred to as Brazilian Walnut, Lapacho or Pau Lope.

Typical Specifications

average dried weight:   69 pounds per cubic foot
janka hardness:   3,510 pounds-force
modulus of rupture:   25,660 pounds-force per square inch
elastic modulus:   3,200,000 pounds-force per square inch
crushing strength:   13,600 pounds-force per square inch

Color and Durability


Ipe heartwood can vary in color from reddish brown, to a more yellowish olive brown or darker blackish brown; sometimes with contrasting darker brown/black stripes.


Rated as very durable; excellent insect resistance. Superb weathering characteristics. It is 8.7 times harder than Pine.