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Is this Japanese knotweed?!

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Gardeningquestion Sun 24-Mar-19 13:45:51

I saw these little shoots coming up and I have one of those plant picture apps. I took a picture and top result (of a few other options) was Japanese knotweed. A little worried!

What do you reckon?

wigglypiggly Sun 24-Mar-19 13:54:34

Maybe Portuguese laurel or photons red Robin, have you got a garden centre nearby that could identify it for you, are there nearby hedges.

donajimena Sun 24-Mar-19 13:58:11

Don't panic! I'm sure I read somewhere its not as awful as its made out to be. I'll see if I can find it.
Because of its reputation though it would cause difficulty with a house sale so if it does turn out to be knotweed you have caught it early.

Gardeningquestion Sun 24-Mar-19 13:59:49

We have the only garden nearby, the rest are very small patios (in zone 2 London) but we do live close(ish) to a big cemetery so seeds could blow over?!

Our garden was landscaped last spring. The possible knotweed is in a bed, my husband thinks perhaps there was something in the soil?

Good idea on the garden centre. Would I take a cut of it or the picture?

greenelephantscarf Sun 24-Mar-19 14:00:03

what tree is that? could be suckers from that.
doesn't look like knot weed - it has more heart shaped leaves and a more knotty stem.

Gardeningquestion Sun 24-Mar-19 14:01:53

The tree is a bay...

Soo hopeful it’s not knotweed!

donajimena Sun 24-Mar-19 14:03:04

peerj.com/preprints/27023/

Trethew Sun 24-Mar-19 14:03:15

Not knotweed

CorporeSarnie Sun 24-Mar-19 14:03:30

Leaves don't look like jkw to me, the stem of knotweed is also hollow. Is there a lot of it?

andpeggy1 Sun 24-Mar-19 14:03:56

Don't worry it's off shoots from your bay tree. I have the same thing with mine 😊

donajimena Sun 24-Mar-19 14:04:16

Don't cut it. Try and dig it out.

stayhomeclub Sun 24-Mar-19 14:04:26

I found knotweed at a similar stage on land next to a house I was buying, I’d say this isn’t knotweed! Let me see if I can find pictures of what I found, it was much thicker stemmed and the leaves were a different shape

Houmousontoast Sun 24-Mar-19 14:06:56

No, that’s not JKW. Having spent 8 years battling the stuff I know what it looks like. The stems are that colour but the leaves are heart shaped not like the ones in your photo.

Gardeningquestion Sun 24-Mar-19 14:07:22

Oh this is all making me feel so much better! grin Damn that plant picture app making me panic!

There are only those three shoots of it so far. They have come up very fast though. They weren’t there a few days ago!

stayhomeclub Sun 24-Mar-19 14:07:31

Here are the pics linked to my post above

Transpeaked Sun 24-Mar-19 14:10:10

Break a leaf open, give it a rub with your fingers and have a sniff. I think the above poster is right that this is a bay offshoot

Gardeningquestion Sun 24-Mar-19 14:11:44

I had a dig around and there are 9 not 3! Good call on smelling the leaf. I will do that now...

Gardeningquestion Sun 24-Mar-19 14:13:03

stayathomeclub - yes those do look thicker with different leaves. Just a similar bamboo-y look about them!

Gardeningquestion Sun 24-Mar-19 14:13:11

(Thank you!)

Gardeningquestion Sun 24-Mar-19 14:17:57

Husband is now convinced it’s off-shoot of the bay tree, he smelled the leaves like you suggested up thread. I can’t tell - but the shape certainly is similar to bay!

Phew, feel a bit silly for panicking now!

Transpeaked Sun 24-Mar-19 14:18:58

If you want reassurance the RHS can identify plants via images.

Gardeningquestion Sun 24-Mar-19 19:21:30

That’s good to know, transpeaked! I will double check with them. That’s so useful!

L1yr Sun 24-Mar-19 21:04:58

Definitely not knotweed, but I can see why you thought it was.

The leaves would be mainly red when this size.

L1yr Sun 24-Mar-19 21:06:28

Here's some I took a photo of two days ago.

mustdrinkwaternotwine Sun 24-Mar-19 21:07:17

I'd also say that they look like baby bay trees

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