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Help - is this Japanese knotweed?!

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Avii86 Sat 15-Apr-17 15:50:59

Just moved my shed and found this behind. It doesn't quite look like the pictures of knotweed I can find online, but I really don't know what else it could be. Help appreciated - do I need to call an eradication service pronto?

InMySpareTime Sat 15-Apr-17 15:53:10

Looks like a sycamore seedling. Either dig it out or cut it off as far down as you can (then keep an eye out for regrowth for a couple of seasons).

danTDM Sat 15-Apr-17 15:53:35

It really doesn't look like it to me. But I obviously can't say for sure from that pic.
smile
In short, no. I don't think so!

LocalEditorNottingham Sat 15-Apr-17 15:53:37

To me that looks like an ash tree but someone more knowledgeable will be able to offer more certainty.

danTDM Sat 15-Apr-17 15:55:21

It actually looks quite sweet hmm whatever it is!

InMySpareTime Sat 15-Apr-17 15:55:42

Do any trees overhang there? You'll know better which tree it is once the buds open, but whichever it is it'll still need taking out. Easy at this stage with secateurs or even scissors at a push.

Avii86 Sat 15-Apr-17 15:55:55

Thanks all. I posted here immediately and spent the interim googling like mad. There are lots of signs of Japanese knotweed that this plant doesn't have - phew. I've just moved here and know nowt about gardens or gardening, but trying to learn!

Avii86 Sat 15-Apr-17 15:57:13

No trees overhang, no. If it were further away from the house I might wait and see what appears. It's very close though, so I should probably get the secateurs ready!

LizzieMacQueen Sat 15-Apr-17 15:57:44

Can you post a close up of where it leaves the ground?

Wallywobbles Sat 15-Apr-17 15:58:03

It's an ash.

Avii86 Sat 15-Apr-17 15:58:50

Sure - here it is

MewlingQuim Sat 15-Apr-17 16:01:45

Agree with pp, looks like an ash tree sapling.

Avii86 Sat 15-Apr-17 16:03:03

I've just looked up ash saplings online and it's identical. Thanks again everyone!

SailAwaySailAwaySailAway Sat 15-Apr-17 16:03:08

Definitely not knotweed.
Agree with the ash sapling.

iknowimcoming Sat 15-Apr-17 16:03:44

Looks like a rowan or mountain ash tree to me, they grow like weeds and spread like wildfire. They are really difficult to pull out when they get bigger so pull it out if you can or if not cut it off as low as you can and put a brick (of similar) over the stump to try and kill it off (unless you want a tree in that spot of course) grin

InMySpareTime Sat 15-Apr-17 16:04:07

Woodland trust says it's an Ash sapling:
woodland trust

Avii86 Sat 15-Apr-17 16:57:57

The sapling is gone!

LizzieMacQueen Sun 16-Apr-17 10:49:59

What happened?

JimBullardBullard Sun 16-Apr-17 11:02:13

It's an ash, it has black buds.

Avii86 Sun 16-Apr-17 11:08:07

Oh - sorry to be so dramatic. I dug it out, happy in the knowledge it isn't knotweed.

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