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Solanum capsicastrum 'Ballad'
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common name: Christmas cherry, Jerusalem cherry, Winter cherry
poisonous or irritant
full sun, part shade
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.
House plant. Often grown as a annual in containers, for its decorative winter fruits.
Can be used for Bonsai.
Fruits are toxic.