Different types of Zoysia Grass

posted on February 15th, 2013 by


Many people do not realize that there are numerous strains of zoysia grass, all are a little different.   Below are a few of the commonly used strains of zoysia to show you how they are different. Let’s start with Amazoy our name for Meyers, Z-52 the original zoysia grass.

Amazoy – Medium leaf blade, deep green color, very tight growth pattern, low maintenance, drought resistance, moderate shade tolerance and very cold tolerant but will not suffer winter damage from cold. Is usually planted as plugs, can be laid as sod.

Emerald – Fine leaf blade, dark green color, tight growth pattern, high maintenance, drought resistance, moderate shade tolerance and warm weather only, cold weather can damage it, is usually planted professionally as sod, can be planted as plugs.

Zenith – Medium leaf blade, deep green color, tight growth pattern, drought resistant, average maintenance, moderate shade tolerance, good cold tolerance, usually planted by seed (recommended to be done by professionals) can be planted by plugs.

Let’s compare, Amazoy has a medium leaf blade, grows very tight (crowds out weeds the best), giving it the feel of walking on a deep carpet, low maintenance. Only needs mowing a few times during the season; Amazoy is very drought resistant, therefore requires less watering. Amazoy will grow in partial shade and can withstand cold temperatures, up to 30 below.

Emerald has a fine leaf, tight growth pattern, (not as tight as Amazoy), requires high maintenance. It requires about 1 ½ inches of water a week and mowing about every 7 to 10 days, will grow in partial shade, but only grows well in warm weather.

Zenith has a medium blade, tight growth pattern, drought resistant and is fairly cold tolerant.  Zenith is usually planted from seed however you must have a bare seedbed, if planted within an existing lawn there is a high failure rate.  Can only be planted from spring to early summer and must be kept moist at least 15 to 25 days and then watered at least once a day for the next 8 to 10 weeks.  Seeding is recommended for professionals only.

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16 Responses to “Different types of Zoysia Grass”

  1. A. Ferg Says:

    April 13th, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Where can I find the amazoy plugs?

  2. Donn l subocz Says:

    May 2nd, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Is there a difference between Amazoy and Zoysia Palasade?If so? please advise.Thank You

  3. admin Says:

    May 2nd, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Hi A. Ferg,
    You can order Amazoy zoysia grass plugs from our website. Our Amazoy zoysia grass is the orginial zoysia, Meyers Z52

  4. admin Says:

    May 2nd, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Donn,
    There are over 3 dozen different types of zoysia grass, our Amazoy zoysia grass is the orginial zoysia, the Meyers Z52. Each zoysia is a little different such as blade width, growth pattern, water requirements, cold tolerance, maintenance, many do not perform as ours does.

  5. Peggy B Says:

    May 3rd, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Hi,Our house has 2 different types of grass in the front yard. Our son told us that the biggest part is zoysia and the other isn’t. There is a small part on the other side of our sidewalk & the grass by the curb isn’t & we can’t get anything to grow there very well. We were going to just get sod & be done with it but our son told us about your place. Then I read there are different types. We have always been told the zoysia is like walking on carpet. It turns brown in the winter & is now May 3 and still trying to turn green. It seems to be very tight thick grass and a pretty green, if that helps you. Could you tell us what we should use since it is a pretty small place that we need it for. I’m thinking it won’t make too much of a difference because it’s not a big area. Thank you Peggy B

  6. admin Says:

    May 6th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Hi Peggy,
    To determine the type of zoysia you have, you could take a small sample to your local nursery they should be able to identify it. From what you decribed it sounds like it could be the Meyers Amazoy zoysia, which is what we do sell. It does not sound like the area you are planning to plant is within the other zoysia, so it will be fine.

  7. Peggy B Says:

    May 7th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Thank you very much for the information, Peggy

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  9. Walter Terry Says:

    July 5th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    What type of zoysia do you recommend for heavy shade?

  10. admin Says:

    July 8th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Hi Walter,
    Zoysia grass usually performs better in the sun then shade. We only sell the Meyers zoysia which requires at least 2 to 3 hrs of direct sunlight a day. I am not real familiar with the other types of zoysia grasses as far as requirements and maintenance.

  11. Dan Says:

    September 22nd, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I have established Meyers. When and what product is best for fall pre emergent and spring pre emer.?

    Tks, Dan

  12. admin Says:

    September 30th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Hi Dan,
    This is not a general questions I can answer, since several things would determine what is best. When to apply and what type of pre-emergent you decide to use really depends on what weeds you are wanting to eliminate and what products are allowed in your area. I would suggest checking with your local garden center and see what they recommend for your area and follow the labels instructions on when and how to apply. The product label should also tell you what type of weeds it will destroy.

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  15. Carole Says:

    May 24th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I live in the 90305 zip code and I have a dog. I want a grass that will tolerate the dog and I understand that zoysia grass may be the answer. What type of zoysia would be best? Current lawn has many bare spots. Would zoysia grass crowd out the current lawn if planted by plug or seed, or do I need to start from scratch?


  16. admin Says:

    May 30th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Hi Carole,
    We love our dogs, but they can do a number on our lawn. Meyers Amazoy zoysia grass is very durable and is more tolerant of pet urine and feces than most grasses. When the grass is first planted you would need to keep the dogs off of the grass for the first 30 days. You can plant the plugs right within your current lawn, you do not need to remove the grass already there.

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