Emerald – Zoysia

Emerald Zoysia is a fine bladed dense zoysia with good cold tolerance.

Emerald - Zoysia


Zoysia grass can survive severe winters, summers and irregular waterings. Zoysia is desirable because it can tolerate as much shade as St. Augustine and as much drought as Bermuda grass. Zoysia grass is disease resistant and traffic tolerant. It's slow growth means sod is preferred method of installation, however plugs can also be used if more time to develop a thick lawn is possible. Zoysia grass in general is slow growing and performs best with weekly mowing.

Emerald Zoysia is a fine-textured hybrid zoysia that is possibly the most attractive of the zoysia grasses. It is well-suited for quality lawns where regular maintenance and care is provided.

First introduced in 1955 by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station, Emerald Zoysia is a hybrid between Zoysia japonica and Zoysia tenuifolia. Emerald combines the fine texture of Zoysia tenuifolia with the cold tolerance with a faster rate of spread of Zoysia. Emerald is similar to Zoysia matrella in appearance and habit.

Emerald Zoysiagrass is highly recommended for top quality lawns where time and money allow for adequate maintenance. Emerald Zoysia grass produces an excessive thatch layer and is susceptible to dollar and leaf spot. Brown patch disease also can occur.

Characteristic Rating

Texture: Fine

Shade Tolerance: Very Good

Soil Preference: Clay / Loam

Fertility Requirement: Moderate

Peak Mowing Requirement: 7 to 10 days

Care Required: Heavy

Method of Propagation: Sod