Solanum pseudocapsicum

Jerusalem cherry

Also known as:

Madeira winter cherry

Family: Solanaceae

Origin: South America

Jerusalem Cherry leaf tips and flowers.
From the potato family, flowers are white with yellow centres. Perennial shrub up to 1.2m tall.
Photo credit: Holly Cox

Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP) status

  • Not a legally declared pest

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General description

Erect perennial shrub < 1.2 m tall. Stems are wiry and much-branched. Leaves are dark green, < 12 x 3 cm, usually lanceolate and alternate. Flowers are white with yellow anthers, star-shaped and borne in October – May. Fruits are glossy red-orange berries < 2 cm in diameter.

What you need to know

Although Jerusalem cherry is not a legally declared pest plant, it may still be invasive in some situations. Consider lower-risk alternatives for your garden, such as native plants.


Forest, shrubland, open areas, riparian margins.


Seeds dispersed by birds, water and soil movement. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste.

Impact on environment

Can form dense stands and compete with native vegetation. Poisonous to pets, livestock and humans.


Site Management

Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Dig or pull out.

Plant parts requiring disposal: Seeds.

Disposal options: Remove to greenwaste or landfill if practical.


Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications: Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with glyphosate gel. Foliar spray with 100ml glyphosate green per 10L of water.

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user: Foliar spray with 100ml glyphosate green per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant.

Caution: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Jerusalem Cherry shrub.
Fruit are glossy red-orange berries. Not declared a pest plant but may take over in gardens.
Photo credit: Andrea Julian
Young Jerusalem Cherry under a tree.
Seeds dispersed by birds mainly. Can re-grow from dumped garden waste.
Photo credit: Andrea Julian
Jerusalem Cherry with mature fruit.
Fragile stems that can easily break. Can be hand pulled from the ground to control.
Photo credit: Holly Cox