About Japanese knotweed (Japanese bamboo)
Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum) is a herbaceous perennial plant.
Grows up to 10 ft. high; shrubby; leaves 6 in. long by 3 in. wide, oval with smooth margins; stems similar to bamboo, but on new foliage a membranous sheath surrounds area where stem and leaf meet; flowers small green-white in spikes along the stems; small, greenish, triangular fruits
Reproduces from heavy rhizomes primarily but does produce viable seeds.
Conditions that favor growth
Introduced as an ornamental and escaped cultivation; common weed of moist well-drained soil
Dig out as much root as possible and destroy; repeatedly destroy regrowth to exhaust energy reserves; this can take several seasons to get under control.