Knotweed or Not Weed? Correct Identification of Japanese Knotweed

May 8, 2015 / By yorkshiredampcourse

It is this time of year that Japanese knotweed (JK) begins to grow ahead. We have noticed that some of our clients have difficulty in identifying it. An example of this occurred recently when a client believed he had JK on his property. Turned out that he did not – but his neighbour did.

What he thought was JK was in fact a self-seeded cherry tree stand – Prunus sp. They are easy to mis-identify as the leaf shape and red stems are similar.

If you need help with your identification, we are here to help.