Zoysiagrass is a warm-season
grass, adapted to warm climates. Although slow to become established,
Zoysia spp. is very water efficient with few pest problems.
It prefers full sun but will tolerate some shade. Zoysiagrass
forms a thick turf, prickly to the touch. Two common species
of zoysiagrass are Zoysia tenuifolia, a fine-leafed dwarf
plant used as ground cover, and Zoysia japonica, a Japanese
lawn grass that is very drought tolerant. 'Emerald', 'El Toro',
'Victoria', and 'DeAnza' are new varieties that tend to become
A fine to medium-textured, dark-green grass.
The leaf is rolled in the bud, there are no auricles, and the ligule
is a fringe of hairs. The leaf blade is stiff, short, narrow, and
pointed. Zoysiagrass is a low-growing grass that spreads by stolons
and rhizomes. This uniform, dense grass turns brown when it goes dormant
Low maintenance. It has high tolerance
for heat, drought, and heavy traffic. It will tolerate some shade. It requires
little nitrogen, however it retains better color during cool weather if
fertilized during the fall. It may be difficult to mow evenly.