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Solanum capsicastrum

False Jerusalem cherry

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Features

  • BloomsJune to October
  • Height0.3m to 0.5m
  • Spread0.4m to 0.6m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Solanum capsicastrum (False Jerusalem cherry). This species is an upright bushy evergreen shrub with oblong, lance-shaped dark green leaves. In early summer to mid autumn, this bears axillary cymes of star-shaped, white flowers. These are followed by oblong red-orange fruits.

Characteristics

Annual, Perennial or Biennial, Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

Brazil

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers and ornamental fruits. Flowers most seasons. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Rich, Sandy
  • Soil pH4.5 to 6.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

These warm-climate plants are demanding as they require full sun and rich, well-drained soil. You can propagate by seeds in the spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer. They will need staking.

Propagation

Seed

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphids, whitefly

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