What is Zoysiagrass?

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape November 11, 2013 Print Friendly and PDF

Turfgrass Quick Facts: Zoysiagrass (Zoysia japonica)

stack of Zoysiagrass sod

Zoysiagrass sod. Photo credit: Tony Rodd, Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


Zoysiagrass is a warm season sod forming grass native to southeast Asia, China, and Japan. It is also known as Japanese or Korean lawn grass.

Although advertising for Zoysiagrass has been reported in Colorado and Utah, cool nights and short summers restrict the growth of Zoysiagrass in these areas.

Zoysiagrass Characteristics

  • Somewhat cold tolerant
  • Slow growing
  • Performs best on well drained soils
  • Tough leaves are hard to mow when tall
  • Best adapted to areas with long hot summers
  • Tolerates heavy traffic
  • Susceptible to rust
  • Susceptible to Zoysia patch disease    

In Depth Resources:


Missouri - Lawn & Garden: Growing Zoysia
Nebraska - Zoysiagrass Lawn Calendar


Alabama - Zoysiagrass Lawns
Zoysiagrass in Florida
Tennessee - Turfgrass Selection: Zoysia


Texas - Zoysiagrass