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What does Japanese Knotweed look like in autumn?
By The JKL Team

What does Japanese Knotweed look like in autumn?

Question: What does Japanese Knotweed look like in autumn?

Answer: In autumn, Japanese Knotweed has a dense canopy of leaves turning yellow and orange, wilting leaves, tall brown hollow stems, and the canes become more visible as the leaves fall.

A Closer Look: 

In autumn, Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) undergoes a series of changes that make it distinguishable from other plants. One of the most noticeable transformations is the color of its leaves. They turn from green to vibrant shades of yellow and orange, creating a striking visual effect. As the season progresses, these leaves begin to wilt and fall, forming a dense carpet of foliage on the ground.

The plant’s stems also change significantly during autumn. Initially green and speckled, the stems turn brown and remain hollow. These canes can stand up to 3 meters tall and become more prominent as the leaves drop away, revealing their bamboo-like structure. This combination of colourful, wilting leaves and tall, brown, hollow stems makes Japanese Knotweed particularly recognizable in the autumn months, aiding in effective identification and management‚Äč

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