Zoysia macrantha

Scientific name

Zoysia macrantha

Common name

Zoysia - Australian Native

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.


MAC03 is recognised by the Australian Cultivar Registration Authority (ACRA) as being an Australian native grass. Called, Nara™ Native Zoysia is a medium-textured zoysia grass that is fast establishing and has a high tolerance to salt. Nara™ Native Zoysia handles growing in shaded areas (approx. 50%) and also in a temperate environment as low as -12 degrees (Shaw 2016).

Other comments

Nara™ Native Zoysia is often specified into projects that require native only grasses e.g. national parks, native reserves, council roadworks and domestic use. It can be used for: Roadworks across Australia for erosion control; Where a ‘native’ grass variety is specified; Windy coastal areas due to tolerance of very high salt levels; and Shopping centres and large landscaping projects.


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Available in Sod/turf
Turf price range (per m2) $11.00 - $16.00
Use Residential and Parks and Foreshore and Environmentally sensitive areas
Suitable climate classification Subtropical and Tropical and Temperate
Preferred mowing height 25mm - 50mm
Shade tolerance Good
Wear tolerance Good
Cold tolerance Moderate
Heat tolerance Good
Salinity tolerance Good
Water requirement Moderate
Fertiliser requirement Low
Mowing frequency Moderate
Thatch production Moderate
References Read more  
  • Loch, D. S., R. E. Poulter, et al. (2006). ‘Amenity Grasses for Salt-Affected Parks in Coastal Australia’, Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries, Queensland, Redland Shire Council, and Horticulture Australia Ltd. HAL project number: TU02005.
  • 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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