A quick search on Google will reveal that around one in 20 UK properties is affected by Japanese Knotweed UK. It is an invasive plant, knocking around PS20 billion off UK property prices. To avoid being one of the victims, you should take the time to check your property for this plant. There is a useful interactive map on the Environet website, which will also let you know if your property is at risk. If you’re interested in buying a new home, you should check to see if there’s a possibility of this invasive plant. Its prolific flowering habit makes it an excellent choice for training onto sunny walls.
How to Know About Japanese Knotweed UK
This invasive plant is native to Eastern Asia, and it can grow to heights of two to three metres in the UK. The stems are bamboo-like, with arching branches and large, spear-shaped leaves. The plant has yellow flowers that appear in late summer, between August and September. The flower stalks are topped with a white bloom and can be as long as 15cm in length. Once established, Japanese knotweed will multiply, spreading its rhizomes up to seven metres from the parent plant. It can also spread to depths of three metres.
As far as where this invasive plant is most prevalent, the UK has a number of cities with Japanese knotweed infestations. Bolton, St Helens, Blackburn, and Southampton are the worst affected areas, while Bristol, Llanelli, and Swansea are all considered to be among the worst affected areas. To combat the growth of this invasive plant, you should contact a company that specialises in the removal of invasive plants.