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Korean Lawngrass, Zoysia Grass

Zoysia japonica

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zoysia (ZOY-shuh) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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under 6 in. (15 cm)


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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


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Grown for foliage


Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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

Oak View, California

Keystone Heights, Florida

Peoria, Illinois

Conway, South Carolina

Arlington, Texas

Austin, Texas

Fredericksburg, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 13, 2010, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This species is actually hardy into zone 5 if not colder. I have a patch growing in my yard that expands perhaps 1.5' every year if not greater. I don't know how it got there as my immediate neighbors have bluegrass/fescue. The nearest population of this in my neighborhood is probably 200 ft away. The house I own was not taken care of by previous owners and a turf lawn only really exists in about 30-40% of the yard.

I have done sprays and treatments plus seed. I find getting a lawn to start is a lot of work and very expensive with weather making the process very difficult in the past couple years. With zoysia already growing in my yard it may be all for not to try something else anyway. I have rampant creeping charlie that covers everything in site but has trouble ... read more


On Mar 20, 2006, RonniePitman wrote:

Spreads *slowly* by runners, followed by large, soft clumps. Mine is quite happy with morning sun only.