Japanese Knotweed

This plant could stop you selling your house

Homeowners have been warned against the dangers of Japanese knotweed and offered five tips on how to identify it this summer.

Garden gurus from GardeningExpress.co.uk have revealed the tell-tale signs of the destructive weed so Brits can protect their homes and gardens.

New shoots will start to emerge in the spring  these are red and purple and can look a bit like asparagus spears.'The leaves are normally rolled up and dark green or red in colour.

1. Red shoots

New shoots will start to emerge in the spring these are red and purple and can look a bit like asparagus spears.'The leaves are normally rolled up and dark green or red in colour.
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As the leaves start to spread out, theyll become a vibrant green colour and heart/shovel shaped with a point at the tip.

2. Leaves

As the leaves start to spread out, theyll become a vibrant green colour and heart/shovel shaped with a point at the tip.
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In late summer and early autumn small clusters of white/cream flowers will appear and create dense foliage.

3. Flowers

In late summer and early autumn small clusters of white/cream flowers will appear and create dense foliage.
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The stems are mostly hollow and bamboo like. The general growth habit has a distinctive zigzag appearance and can be up to three metres tall.

4. Stems

The stems are mostly hollow and bamboo like. The general growth habit has a distinctive zigzag appearance and can be up to three metres tall.
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