Jerusalem Cherry

Also known as:
Madeira Winter Cherry
South America

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.

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.

RPMP status

Not a legally declared pest plant
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