During late autumn and the beginning of winter, Japanese knotweed canes die off and the plant becomes dormant. The canes lose their leaves and turn brown in colour. The dead canes often remain standing and may take up to 3 years to decompose. While decomposing, the dead canes will often litter the ground, suppressing competition from native flora.

To help you identify Japanese knotweed click on the video above. You can also scroll further down this page for more identification hints and tips.

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Tips to help Japanese Knotweed identification in winter

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

  • Brown canes that are more or less decomposing
  • Canes that are hollow, collapsing and intertwining on top of one another
  • Quite often, you will see canes from previous years, at a different stage of decomposition, underneath the recent growth
  • Shoots of next season’s Japanese Knotweed underneath the decomposing foliage

Pictures to help with Japanese knotweed identification in winter

The collection of images below will help with the identification of Japanese Knotweed in winter.

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More information on identifying Japanese Knotweed

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

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

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