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What changes occur in Japanese Knotweed in autumn
By The JKL Team

What changes occur in Japanese Knotweed in autumn

Question: What changes occur in Japanese Knotweed in the autumn months?

Answer: Japanese Knotweed leaves change to yellow and orange, wilt in September and October, and the plant’s hollow stems turn brown, making the canes more distinguishable as leaves fall.

A Closer Look: 

As autumn progresses, Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) undergoes notable transformations that make it easier to identify. The most visible change is in its leaves, which shift from their summer green to shades of yellow and orange. By September and October, these leaves begin to wilt and fall, creating a dense layer of foliage on the ground. This color change and leaf drop are significant markers of the plant’s seasonal cycle.

In addition to changes in the foliage, the plant’s stems also transform. The once green, speckled stems turn brown and remain hollow, similar to bamboo. As the leaves fall away, these brown canes become more distinguishable, standing out starkly against the autumn landscape. This combination of yellowing leaves, wilting foliage, and prominent brown stems provides a clear indication of Japanese Knotweed during the autumn months, aiding in its identification and management‚Äč

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