What is Zoysiagrass?

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape November 11, 2013|Print

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:

Midwest

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

Southeast

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

Southwest

Texas - Zoysiagrass