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Zoysia japonica


Zoysia japonica Steud.

Family Name: Poaceae (Gramineae)
Synonyms: Acroceras japonica
Common Name: Japanese Lawn Grass, Korean Lawn Grass, Korean Grass, Zoysia


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Name Status (botanical)
Common Names

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Grass & Grass-like Plant
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Plant Shape Compact


Native Distribution East Russia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea
Native Habitat Shoreline (Sandy Beach)

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Saline Soils / Salt Spray, Dry Soils / Drought
Landscape Uses Container Planting, Coastal, Beachfront / Shoreline

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Papery, Thin
Foliar Venation Parallel
Typical Foliar Area Microphyll ( 2.25cm2 - 20.25 cm2 )
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 2.0 (Turfgrass)

Non - Foliar and Storage

Stem Type & Modification Runner / Stolon, Acaulescent
Root Type Underground (Fibrous Root)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Cream / Off-White
Flowering Habit Polycarpic

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Master ID 1282
Species ID 2575
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Species record last updated on: 19 April 2022.