Zoysiaspp.) grown under shade on golf courses and in home lawns is slow to recover from damage and declines in quality over time. We evaluated stolon growth and tillering of Meyer and Chinese Common (both Z. japonicaSteud.); Zorro, Diamond, and Cavalier [all Z. matrellaL. (Merr.)]; Emerald ( Z. matrella Z. pacificaGoudsw.); and six experimental progeny from Emerald Z. japonicaand reciprocal crosses of Z. japonica Z. matrellaunder silver maple ( Acer saccharinumL.) shade and in full sun in 2008 and 2009 in Manhattan, KS. A single 6-cm diameter plug was planted in the center of 1.2 m 1.2-m plots, and data were collected weekly on the number of stolons, stolon elongation, and number of stolon branches. Tiller number was collected at the start and end of each study period, and biomass (excluding roots) was determined at the end of each season. Zoysiagrasses under an average of 76% tree shade exhibited reductions of 38% to 95% in stolon number; 9% to 70% in stolon length; 10% to 93% in stolon branching; and 56% to 98% in biomass. Seven of the 10 grasses exhibited a decline in tiller number in each experiment; none of the grasses differed from Meyer in percentage change in tiller number under shade. Emerald, Cavalier, Zorro, and several progeny from crosses between Emerald Z. japonicaor reciprocal crosses of Z. matrella Z. japonicaproduced more, longer, or more highly branched stolons than Meyer, suggesting they may have improved recovery potential in shade.