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Jerusalem Cherry

Solanum pseudocapsicum

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)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

10b

USDA zone

2°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

40cm

Max

40cm

20cm

Min

20cm

5 years to reach maturity

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Generally not harvested.

More images of Jerusalem Cherry

Some orange fruits and green leaves of a Solanum pseudocapsicum plant
A close up of a white Solanum pseudocapsicum flower and some green leaves
A close up of a white Solanum pseudocapsicum flower and some green leaves
Some orange fruits and green leaves of a Solanum pseudocapsicum plant in the wild
A photo of Jerusalem Cherry

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

Seed

Cuttings

Take semi ripe cuttings in summer.

Special features of Jerusalem Cherry

Attractive fruits

Indoor plant

Attractive flowers

Pot plant

Other uses of Jerusalem Cherry

This plant suits being grown in containers for use in conservatories, greenhouses or sub tropic houses.