Empire Turf® Zoysia is an improved and higher quality zoysiagrass. It has an excellent drought tolerance and lower overall chemical needs to comply with “green building” standards. Known for its soft-to-the-touch feel, fine tight-bladed growth and lush green color, Empire exhibits durability and functionality in the landscape. The Empire variety, developed in Brazil, thrives in harsh tropical climates, yet exhibits excellent cold hardiness. It requires less water and maintenance than most other varieties.