Japanese knotweed identification: Do you know how to spot this plant in a garden?

Japanese knotweed
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Becoming an expert in Japanese knotweed identification is essential if you want to ensure it doesn't take over your garden or cause damage to your home. 

And if you suspect you may have found Japanese knotweed growing in or near your garden, it's important to understand what it looks like, why it is a problem and the process of Japanese knotweed removal in order to get rid of it fast — before it inflicts damage.

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.