Amazoy Zoysia: What’s the Difference?

posted on February 25th, 2010 by

As we have mentioned, Zoysia is a particularly hardy grass that grows well in a wide range of conditions. We also let you know a little bit about its history, both historically and company specific.

But zoysia isn’t just a catchall. There are many different types of zoysia. They act similarly, but can look and grow differently. Read more below about the most popular types of zoysia on the market today.

Amazoy / Meyer Z-52

This is the type of zoysia we specialize in. It has a medium, dark green color and an intermediate leaf texture and shoot density (thickness). It is known for fast spring green up (gain color back if it goes dormant) and is the most cold tolerant. It is sold as plugs and sod.


Emerald zoysia is a hybrid of zoysia, and was developed in Georgia. It is dark green in color, with a very fine leaf texture. It grows more quickly than other zoysia, but is only available as sod. This hybrid grass has fair shade tolerance and high shoot density, but doesn’t have superb cold weather tolerance.

Matrella / Manila

Zoysia matrella or manila grass originated on the island of Manila, hence its name. It has an intermediate leaf texture and shoot density. It does not hold up well in colder temperatures and is slow to establish.


Similar to Meyer Z-52 in appearance, but grows less dense. It does not do well in areas that are shaded and its ability to withstand cold temperatures is questionable.


This type of zoysia is from Brazil. It has a courser texture than other zoysia and is the least cold tolerant.

To see descriptions of other zoysia grasses, click here.

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5 Responses to “Amazoy Zoysia: What’s the Difference?”

  1. carla Says:

    March 22nd, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I live in Jacksonville beach Fl and am not sure which zoysia to put down. There are only a few nursery’s here that sell zoysia and all of it is Empire. I will be putting this down myself, female, little, single, so what is the easiest way for me to do this? My front yard is huge, probably 800 sq ft so it’s going to be tons of work. Which grass do I get too? We do get freezes here in J-ville but only about 4 a year at the beach.

  2. admin Says:

    May 3rd, 2011 at 10:58 am

    We do ship our grass plugs to Florida. We believe in plugs because we have found that it has been extremely difficult to create a fine Zoysia grass lawn from seed. Seeds are also not as resilient in winter months – in fact, winter hardy Zoysia grass seed to does not yet exist. Our plugs are particularly hardy, and can grow in a wide range of conditions. They require less watering than most grasses and can create a long lasting, sturdy lawn. Our plugs would be perfect for you because they can be installed methodically (see our blog post about installment here: and are pretty low maintenance after the initial planting session. If you receive frosts in Jacksonville, you might undergo a dormant period with zoysia, meaning that the grass will go into a dormant stage and turn a light brown color. When it warms up, your lawn will return to its lush green color.

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