Ipe Tree Quick Facts

Overview

The Brazilian Ipe tree, also known as Tabebuia or Trumpet tree, is from the Bignoniaceae family. It is a native to the West Indies, South America and Central America.

Description

This shrubby tree is a mass of color during spring, with yellow, pink, and purple tube-shaped flowers. It will reach 15 to 50 feet tall and grow slowly.

Growth

Ipe trees need fertile moist soil and full sun for best growth. Water very little in winter, but frequently during its growing season.

Hardiness

Ipe tree is grown in USDA hardiness zones 9 to 12.

Pests

Trumpet tree can be plagued with spider mites, dieback and leaf spot. Keep a careful watch on leaves for infestations.

Propagation

The Ipe tree can be propagated by air layering or by semi-ripe cuttings in spring.

Warnings

Trumpet tree needs to have weak branches pruned. It is not a no-maintenance tree.

References

  • Florida Gardener
  • USDA Hardiness Zones
Keywords: Ipe tree, Tabebuia, trumpet tree

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T.M. Samuels has been a freelance writer since 1993. She has published works in "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living" and "Mature Years," and is the author of a gardening book. Samuels studied pre-medicine at Berry College.