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