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botanical name:
Solanum capsicastrum 'Ballad'
Solanum capsicastrum 'Ballad' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Christmas cherry, Jerusalem cherry, Winter cherry
family:  Solanaceae
characteristics: shrub, semi-evergreen
height: 0.30m
width: 0.30m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: red
main season: Autumn
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-alkaline
minimum temp: 5°C
USDA zone: 11 to 11
Compact dwarf evergreen bush with wavy-edged, glossy dark green leaves. Star-shaped white flowers in summer followed by showy rounded fruits, whitish-green at first then turning orange and red.

Frost tender and needs a consistently warm position to thrive. Well drained, fertile, neutral to slightly alkaline soil in sun or light shade. Provide a high potash feed to encourage fruiting.

From seed

House plant. Often grown as a annual in containers, for its decorative winter fruits.
Can be used for Bonsai.

other notes:
Fruits are toxic.
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