Meyer zoysia is an improved strain of zoysia japonica. It is a single plant selection taken from 50-odd selections of common zoysia japonica grown from seed by the United States Department of Agriculture in 1940.
Meyer zoysia was developed and released cooperatively by the Crops Research Division, Agriculture Research Service, and the U.S. Golf Association Green Section in 1951. The selection upon release was named Meyer in hone of Frank. N. Meyer, a plant explorer for the Department of Agriculture, who made the first collection of zoysia seed in Korea in 1905. Zoysia was named to commemorate Karl von Zios, an Austrian botanist of the 18th century.
Meyer zoysia leaf width is between common zoysia japonica and zoysia matrella. Meyer zoysia is more cold tolerant than practically all other varieties of zoysia. Established turf is quite dense and has a dark green color during the growing season. After first frost, Meyer zoysia turns a brownish yellow or blonde color. Meyer zoysia must be propagated vegetatively.
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