Japanese knotweed leaves

Plants Commonly Misidentified for Japanese Knotweed?

Plants mistaken for Japanese Knotweed are varied and easily misidentified by many people including architects and housing surveyors. Therefore, it is important that you are able to identify Japanese Knotweed.

Knowing how it can uncertainty during mortgage applications with both anxious homeowners and potential buyers alike. Do not worry. Most professional Japanese Knotweed removal companies provide a free knotweed identification service.

Simply take a photo and send it to them for their analysis. If it warrants more of an investigation you have the opportunity to carry out a full survey. This will be chargeable.

Most Popular Plants Mistaken for Japanese Knotweed

There are many plants that look like Japanese knotweed and have similar characteristics. The plants that are most commonly mistaken for Japanese knotweed are:

  • Convulvulus arvensis commonly known as Bindweed
  • Calystegia sepium commonly known as Hedge Bindweed
  • Fallopia baldschuanica commonly known as Russian vine (or Bukhara fleeceflower)
  • Fallopia sachalinensis commonly known as Giant knotweed
  • Rumex obstusifolius L. Commonly known as Broadleaf dock
  • Cornus sanguinea commonly known as Common dogwood
  • commonly known as Daphne lilac (superba)
  • Sambucus nigra commonly known as Common elder
  • Impatiens glandulifera commonly known as Himalayan balsam
  • Persicaria wallichii commonly known as Himalayan knotweed
  • Persicaria campanulate commonly known as Lesser knotweed
  • Leycesteria Formosa commonly known as Pheasant berry or Himalayan honeysuckle
  • Aegopodium podagraria commonly known as Ground elder
  • Houttuynia cordata commonly known as Fish leaf
  • Bambusoideae commonly known as Bamboo
Other weeds and plants are mistaken for Japanese knotweed

Identify the Main Characteristics of Japanese Knotweed

Japanese knotweed has some very distinctive features, once you know what to look for:

  • Spade shaped leaf
  • Red speckled stem
  • Zig zag formation
  • Creamy-white flowers in summer
Main Japanese knotweed characteristics of the plant include its shovel-shaped leaves, zig-zag stem and creamy white flowers - Plants Mistaken for Japanese Knotweed
Main Japanese knotweed characteristics of the plant include its shovel-shaped leaves, zig-zag stem and creamy white flowers

What to do if you are still unsure?

If you are unsure if you have Japanese Knotweed or something else growing on your land then you can contact a local Japanese knotweed specialist who will help you identify what you have on your land. Most specialists these days offer a free photo identification service to clarify what you have and whether it needs investigating more.


Want to know more?

Knotweed Removal aims to provide the most up to date information, help and advice for YOU to make informed decisions. If you are unsure or uncertain on how to proceed, please reach out to us and we will gladly come back and advise you as best we can.

Governmental advice can be found here and the UK law covering the removal of Japanese Knotweed as stated under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 can be found here.

The best means to contact us is via our email – knotweedremovaltips@gmail.com

Do not forget we have a library of blogs covering many areas relevant to Japanese Knotweed, our free downloadable How-to Guides and Product Reviews on the latest methods being employed to eradicate or remove Japanese Knotweed.

Knotweed Removal, UK

SaleBestseller No. 1
Roundup Tree Stump Weedkiller, Super Concentrate 250 ml
  • Kills ivy japanese knotweed, saplings, brambles and nettles to the root
  • Kills up to 16 tree stumps
  • Contains a reusable pipette for specialist treatment of japanese knotweed
  • Kills the roots so weeds don't come back
  • Degraded in the soil by micro organisms
Bestseller No. 2
Bayer Garden 2 x Path, Patio & Drive Weed Killer & Watering Can Set - 3 x 8g Sachets per pack treats upto 75sqm - Kills Ground Elder, Nettles, Docks, Couch Grass & Japanese Knotweed.
  • This exclusive twin pack and 9L Watering Set is everything you need for clearing weeds from paths, patios and rives including areas of tarmac, concrete and block paving.
  • Kills tough weeds and their roots including: Ground Elder, Nettles, Docks, Couch Grass, Japanese Knotweed, Brambles, Bracken & Ivy.
  • Each box contains 3 x 8g Simple ready measured soluble doses and treats up to 75sqm. Apply at any time when weeds are showing green leaf and are actively growing.
  • Sold with our durable 9L or 2 gallon capacity galvanised steel watering can with removable brass rose. Colour cannot be guaranteed. Watering can will be randomly picked and despatched.
  • Keep children and pets away from treated areas until the spray has dried.
Bestseller No. 3
Bayer Garden 2 x Path, Patio & Drive Weed Killer - 3 x 8g Sachets per pack treats upto 75sqm - Kills Ground Elder, Nettles, Docks, Couch Grass & Japanese Knotweed.
  • Ideal for clearing weeds from paths, patios and rives including areas of tarmac, concrete and block paving.
  • Kills tough weeds and their roots including: Ground Elder, Nettles, Docks, Couch Grass, Japanese Knotweed, Brambles, Bracken & Ivy.
  • Each box contains 3 x 8g Simple ready measured soluble doses and treats up to 75sqm.
  • Apply at any time when weeds are showing green leaf and are actively growing.
  • Keep children and pets away from treated areas until the spray has dried.
Bestseller No. 4
Rootblast 360 5L Pump Sprayer Glyphosate Weedkiller 1L with integral measuring device Pair of Gloves 1L makes up to 50L
  • Contains 360 g/l glyphosate, The same as most Professional Grade Herbicides.
  • For use on unwanted vegetation and areas not intended to bear vegetation.
  • First signs of control, a yellowing of the leaves, may take from a few days to 2-4 weeks to appear.
  • 1 Litre of 360 g/L makes 50 litres of standard ready to use glyphosate weed killer
  • Comes with a pair of gloves, 5L Pump Sprayer and integral measuring device. NOTE: The Colour and brand of the sprayer may vary due to stock availability

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