Zoysia: A History Lesson

Zoysia: A History Lesson


Zoysia is a warm season grass native to parts of Eastern Asia and popular in New Zealand. There are 8 well-known species named after Karl von Zois, an Austrian botanist. It was first introduced to the United States in the 1890's with new types coming over throughout the 1900's. Today, 3 species are commonly used in the United States. 

  • Zoysia Japonica

  • Zoysia Tenuifolia

  • Zoysia Matrella 

Each type boasts different strengths, hardiness, textures and growth patterns. We sell a Zoysia Japonica variety called Zenith. Zenith endures cooler weather which we experience regularly in our coastal state. 

Pros of Zoysia: 

Zoysia grass produces both stolons and rhizomes allowing the turf to fill in above and below ground. The intense spreading nature and intricate root systems makes Zoysia a stand-out variety for lawns across the US. 

Being a warm season variety of grass means that Zoysia can stand up to environmental stressors like high heat and drought. 

Cons of Zoysia: 

Zoysia can experience a dormancy period based on weather and location*. Zoysia will typically enter dormancy after the first frost to protect itself but being as resilient as it is, it greens up quickly come Spring!




*Check your USDA zone to determine if you are likely to enter a dormancy period - Click HERE
    Why Japonica? 

    Zoysia Japonica is grown from seed allowing us to constantly produce new trays. 

    It is known to be more cold hardy than Tenuifolia or Matrella types. As far as visible differences, Japonica varieties like Zenith offers a slightly widened blade allowing for a softer, more cushioned step.

    This variety does well in coastal environments as it is salt tolerant and thrives in sandy/loamy soil. 

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