Also known as:
Madeira winter cherry
Origin: South America
Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP) status
- Not a legally declared pest
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.
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.
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.