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Solanum pseudocapsicum

Winter cherry

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  • Solanum pseudocapsicum | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • Solanum pseudocapsicum | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020

Features

  • BloomsAugust to October
  • Height0.4m to 0.6m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.45m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourGlossy dark green

Description

Solanum pseudocapsicum (Winter cherry). This is a frost-tender, bushy evergreen shrub, which will produce starry white flowers in late summer to mid autumn. They are followed by small scarlet berries that are poisonous.

Characteristics

Annual or Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

South America

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
  • 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. The berries are poisonous.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds in the spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

They are prone to attack by spider mite, whitefly and aphids.

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