Something about Japanese knotweed that often catches property owners unawares it how fast it grows in the early stages of spring. Very quickly, Japanese knotweed stems can grow from small shoots that look like asparagus spears to 10 feet (3 metres) in height.

Week-to-week, month-to-month, the growth can look very different. This is why Japanese knotweed identification in spring can be tricky, to sum up in a few sentences. Watch the video above and review the tips below to help you spot knotweed near you.

Alternatively, contact us online for help or call freephone 0808 231 9218 to speak to one of our Japanese knotweed experts who can arrange a Japanese knotweed survey and, eventually, a removal & treatment programme to help eradicate the problem.

Tips to help Japanese knotweed identification in spring

When trying to identify Japanese Knotweed in spring, look out for the following:

  • New shoots that are red/purple in colour
  • In early spring, knotweed shoots begin to look like thick asparagus spears
  • Fast growing canes with leaves that begin to unroll as the plant turns green.
  • In late spring, canes can reach 3 metres (10 feet) in height.
  • Bamboo like canes that are hollow and have a characteristic pattern of purple speckles.
  • Leaves with a distinctive zigzag pattern on the stems

Photos to help with Japanese knotweed identification in spring

Take a look at the collection of images below to help identify Japanese Knotweed in spring.

 (click on images above for hi-res version)

For additional images, visit our Google Image Galley.

identifying Japanese knotweed throughout the year

For more information on how to identify Japanese Knotweed, click on the links below.

Not sure if you have knotweed?

If you have a suspicious looking plant growing on or near your property and want to know whether it is knotweed then upload your photos to us directly and we will let you know whether you have knotweed or not.

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Speak to a Japanese Knotweed expert

If you are still unsure if you have a Japanese knotweed issue, it is always best to consult a specialist.

You can contact our Wise Knotweed Solutions team on freephone: 0808 231 9218. You can also book a survey online and one of our Japanese knotweed experts will be in touch promptly.

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