Jerusalem Cherry

What is it?
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What is Jerusalem cherry?

Jerusalem cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum)
Jerusalem cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum)
by Tony Rodd

Jerusalem cherry is a plant with glossy blue-green leaves and fruits that look similar to cherry tomatoes. It is often used as a decoration around Christmas. It is also called Christmas cherry and winter cherry.

Jerusalem cherry is harmful to eat.

What happens if you eat Jerusalem cherry?

If you eat a few berries or leaves, you may feel sick to your stomach, throw up or have diarrhea.

If you eat a larger amount you could:

  • Get drowsy
  • Have hallucinations
  • Have problems with your heart rate

What should I do if someone has eaten Jerusalem cherry?

If someone has eaten part of a Jerusalem cherry plant:

  • Take all the pieces out of their mouth.
  • Give them a few sips of water or milk.
  • Call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222, chat online or text POISON to 85511.

How can I prevent Jerusalem cherry poisoning?

To prevent Jerusalem cherry poisoning, keep the plants up high, out of the reach of children and animals.

See our plants page for more tips on dealing with potentially poisonous plants.

Last Updated: Saturday May 14th 2016