Zoysia macrantha

Scientific name

Zoysia macrantha

Common name


Other names (PBR name, trademark, breeder code)

MAC03 (protected by Australian Plant Breeder's Rights), Nara® (trade mark of TurfBreed Pty Ltd in Australia), EMZ03 (Breeder's Code), IconTM Zoysia in the United States.


Nara™ native turf is a medium-textured zoysia grass that requires less maintenance and less water than some other commercial varieties of zoysia currently on the market. The variety handles growing in shaded areas (approx. 50%) and also in a temperate environment as low as -12 degrees (Shaw 2016).

Other comments

The Zoysia macrantha turfgrass variety Nara™, recognised by the Australian Cultivar Registration Authority (ACRA) as being an Australian native. At this stage there are no other Australian native zoysia grasses commercially available. A benefit of zoysiagrass is that it is less common to see attacks by army worm and sod web worm. The high fibre and lignin present within the leaf blades, which also assist for wear tolerance, make it tough for such attacks. To put it simply, the foliage is "too" tough and unfavorable for chewing mouthparts of such pests.

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Available in Sod/turf
Price range $6.00 - $10.00
Use Residential and Parks and Foreshore and Environmentally sensitive areas
Suitable climate classification Subtropical and Tropical and Temperate
Preferred mowing height 32mm - 50mm
Shade tolerance Good
Wear tolerance Good
Cold tolerance Moderate
Heat tolerance Good
Salinity tolerance Good
Water requirement Moderate
Fertiliser requirement Moderate
Mowing frequency Moderate
Thatch production Moderate
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References Read more  
  • Paananen, I. (2008) Zoysia macrantha Zoysia Grass ‘MAC03’. Plant Varieties Journal Vol. 21, No. 1.
  • PBR expires 15 Dec 2028. Read more at and search 'MAC03’ in the variety field.
  • Saw, A. (2016) Nara Native Turf A Home Grown Success, Turfmate article published on 24/10/2016 (

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