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Plants That Look Like Japanese Knotweed

The following list has been compiled as a comprehensive guide to the most common plants mistaken for Japanese Knotweed.

What Plants are Similar to Japanese Knotweed?

Japanese knotweed is the most invasive plant species in the United Kingdom and it can have costly legal implications for those who have it on their property. Early identification can ensure that risks are reduced through timely eradication.

If you’re worried that you may have knotweed on your property, we offer a free Japanese knotweed identification service for both domestic and commercial premises. Simply send us your photo and we’ll get back to you within 24-48 working hours to confirm whether or not you have Japanese knotweed on your property.

Before you do so, please take a look at the photographs and descriptions below of plants that are similar to Japanese knotweed, as your concerns could be quickly allayed. The vast majority of photos sent to us are of these Japanese knotweed lookalikes and are not knotweed at all.

On this page, we have compiled a list of plants that are most often mistaken for Japanese knotweed as they share enough features to arouse suspicion. We’ve included similarities and differences between the following plants and Japanese knotweed to help you identify your own plant.

If you’re still unsure whether or not your plant is knotweed, please don’t hesitate to send us your photo and we’ll identify it completely free of charge.


Some of these Japanese knotweed lookalikes are discussed and shown in the following video:

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If you still think that you might have Japanese knotweed, then our expert consultants offer FREE Japanese knotweed identification. If you do happen to have Japanese knotweed, we offer Japanese knotweed surveys and a Japanese knotweed removal service, so get in touch with us today to start your consultation.

About the author: Dr Paul Beckett

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Dr Paul Beckett is one of the UK’s leading experts in Japanese knotweed and is a member of the Expert Witness Institute. He regularly provides Japanese knotweed expert witness services. He helped produce the RICS knotweed guidance for surveyors and was integral in the formation of the Property Care Association (PCA) Invasive Weed Control Group (IWCG).

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