Also known as
Christmas Cherry, Winter Cherry, Madeira Cherry, Madeira Winter-Cherry, False Capsicum, Winter-Cherries
Solanum pseudocapsicum04 by Paul venter (CC BY-SA 3.0)
5 years to reach maturity
Generally not harvested.
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Jerusalem Cherry Overview
Solanum pseudocapsicum is a bushy evergreen shrub that is frequently grown as a houseplant for its attractive orange-red berries. It is part of the nightshade family, Solanaceae, and commonly known as Jerusalem Cherry, Christmas Cherry or Winter Cherry. Flowers are white, with prominent yellow stamens in the centre. They measure approximately 1-2cm across and they are produced in clusters of two and three. Attractive ornamental fruits follow the flowers. They are oval in shape and surrounded by modified leaves known as bracts, which are green in colour. The fruits develop from green to bright red-orange or yellow, as they ripen, during the winter months. All parts toxic if ingested.
Common problems with Jerusalem Cherry
Can be attacked by aphids.
How to propagate Jerusalem Cherry
Take semi ripe cuttings in summer.
Special features of Jerusalem Cherry
Other uses of Jerusalem Cherry
This plant suits being grown in containers for use in conservatories, greenhouses or sub tropic houses.