The Beauty of a Flowered Ipê

A Beleza de um Ipê Florido

Ipê is a tree different from most others: when its flowers are born, the leaves fall from the branches. When you see a flowering ipê, we know that spring is near – most ipês blooms in late winter or early spring. The image of ipê is quite representative of the Midwest and Southeast of Brazil.

Its wood is of the law – that is, it is quality wood. Because it is hard and resistant, it is used in civil and naval construction, on floors, beams, wheel axles and joinery pieces. Because it is much sought after, it has to be planted in large quantities – for reforestation – so that it will not be extinguished. Their flowers are beautiful and embellish the streets in which they are.

Ipê grows slowly and can reach 30 meters in height, but most are 7 to 15 meters high. It is of the genus Tabebuia, Tupi word meaning “bark-thick tree”. The most well-known species are the yellow ipê, also called pau-d’arco, frequent in Minas Gerais, Espirito Santo, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Paraná; the ipê-purple, with pink flowers, common in the Midwest, Southeast and South; and the ipê-branco, which is very much in Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais.

Trees bloom in winter and spring. Purple ipê is the first to bloom: from June to August in the hot regions, a little earlier in the colder places. The yellow ipê flowers between August and September and the ipê-branco, from September to October. In Brazil, there are twelve types of

Today it is very difficult to find a yellow ipê tree in the middle of the native forest, when this happens, the spectacle is great and deserves to be appreciated with calm and reverence its flower blooms in shades of yellow.

ipê is the symbol tree of Brazil. (The national tree is pau-brasil, which gave the country its name.)

That’s why we’re going to plant ipês around … whether it’s in your house, on your sidewalk in a nearby square. And why not think about introducing someone …

There is nothing more beautiful than admiring an ipê in bloom.