Winter cherry

Solanum pseudocapsicum | Also known as: Jerusalem cherry, Christmas cherry, Madeira cherry | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

An evergreen perennial, solanum pseudocapsicum is a bushy shrub, which, in winter, produces small round fruit that resemble cherry tomatoes – the inspiration behind its common name, the winter cherry. Small in size, its woody branches are covered in lance-shaped, mid-green leaves with smooth, wavy edges. In spring, it produces tiny but pretty, white blossoms with orange centres, which make way for the slow-developing fruit. It is important not to eat the fruit as it is highly toxic. The winter cherry is a tender plant, so it is best to grow it under glass. Pot in soil-based compost in bright light and water regularly. Outdoors, plant in moist but well-drained slightly alkaline soil in a sheltered location. Severely pruning in spring encourages denser growth.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating this plant, as any of its parts can cause severe discomfort.
Height [m]
  • 0.3 - 0.45
Spread [m]
  • 0.3 - 0.45
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Bushy
  • Erect
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z11-12
Heat zone
  • H12-6
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • 4 - 0
Heat days
  • 45 - 210
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Exotic, house plants & other
  • House plants
Grown for
  • Attractive flowers and ornamental fruit
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years