Empire Zoysia, a selected native cultivar of Zoysia Japonica, chosen specifically for its ability to reduce production costs while demonstrating very desirable growth characteristics. Reduced production costs are achieved by EMPIRE's rapid expansion rate, reproduction from rhizomes, and its natural chemical resistance for easier weed control.
EMPIRE demonstrates superior dark green color, wide bladed and open growth habit, natural chemical resistance to MSMA, 2-4-D, and Fusilade II, and good drought tolerance. EMPIRE was discovered in Brazil, and unlike other Zoysia varieties, has proven its ability to thrive in hot, humid conditions.
EMPIRE has performed well in sandy and clay soil types with aggressive growth from its runners and rhizomes, but can be mowed with a standard rotary mower due to its broader leaf and open growth habit. It requires less maintenance and mowing than other grasses such as Fescue or Bermuda. This versatile turfgrass thrives in agriculture zones 6B-11 and is being tested in zones 5 and 6 for cold hardiness extremes.
Zoysia is dormant in most zones except 9-11.
Hot Weather Tolerance
Excellent. Turfgrass thrives in hot, humid and desert areas
Excellent in zones 6B-11. Research ongoing for zones 5-6
Moderate to good, comparible to Centipede
Excellent. Empire Zoysia thrives near coastal areas
1-2 inces but can be mowed 1/2 - 1 inch when maintained properly
Recovery from Injury
Excellent. Runners and rhizomes fill in damaged areas.
Fine, deep, massive, rhizomes spread underground
Excellent once established
Wide, soft, more open than most Zoysias.