If you're eyeing a property, you must watch for signs of Japanese knotweed infestation. While this pernicious plant may look harmless, it can prohibit you from obtaining a mortgage.
Japanese knotweed, or Reynoutria japonica, is an invasive, non-native knotweed species that are an increasing problem all over the UK.
This plant is aggressive, especially when left untreated. As a result, the Japanese knotweed causes massive damage to homes and even underground structures.
Originally brought to the country as an ornamental plant from Eastern Asia, the Japanese knotweed eventually became a significant problem.
This notorious weed spreads rapidly through its seeds or fragments of its stems and root system (called rhizomes). Further, this plant can grow up to 3 metres high.
Meanwhile, the identification of Japanese knotweed can be confusing. Often, it can be mistaken as dogwood or other less invasive shrubs. So, to properly identify Japanese knotweed, here are some key features to look out for: