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Zoysia matrella 'Shadow Turf'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zoysia (ZOY-shuh) (Info)
Species: matrella
Cultivar: Shadow Turf
Additional cultivar information: (PP20266)
Hybridized by Ivey; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2008


under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us


Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dach On Sep 12, 2009, dach from Hixson, TN wrote:

zoysia matrella grows very well here in north chattanooga. I have sprigged, plugged, and sodded all with success. I have even planted as late as November and the grass survived. Tough stuff! I highly recommend this grass for anyone who loves fine bladed grass. looks like golf course grass. I do need to note that I may be living in a slightly warmer micro climate. This may be why I have had such great success.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hixson, Tennessee

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