Please help ID this plant

cfb123(Mid TN)September 19, 2004

Hello: Anyone know what this is? I've never seen this before. It looks like a Cherry Tomato bush, but of course, isn't. "Fruits" are about size of a small Cherry tomato. I should have taken a close-up of the leaves. Is this some kind of Holly? Or an ornamental pepper?

Woman who has them doesn't know what they are...they were planted when she bought the house. They are perennials. She does not prune them. They are about 12" tall & spread out just as the photo.

They are so neat :-) I took a bunch of the "fruit" so I could try to grow from seed. Hope the plant isn't poisonous!

Appreciate any help. CFB

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Dancey(Zone 8b Texas)

I had no idea what the plant was but my dh says he thinks it's a pomegranite. I googled the pomegranite and I also think that may be what your mystery plant is.

Dancey

    Bookmark   September 19, 2004 at 11:41AM
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esh_ga

Looks like a jerusalem cherry.

Here is a link that might be useful: Jerusalem cherry

    Bookmark   September 19, 2004 at 7:15PM
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PeaBee4(9a)

It's not a pomegranite. Trust me on that.

It might be a Jerusalem cherry. Are you where it wouldn't freeze during the winter?

    Bookmark   September 19, 2004 at 9:16PM
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cfb123(Mid TN)

Hi all: Thanks for answering.

Yes--I believe it's a "solanum pseudocapsicum" or Jerusalem Cherry. Might be variety "Red Giant" based on info in my garden ID book.

PeaBee4: I'm here in Middle TN, it can freeze, but the lady told me she does nothing to them and they come back year after year. So, I guess our temps are not a problem for them.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2004 at 7:16AM
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esh_ga

I guess by now you have figured out that it IS poisonous.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2004 at 8:09AM
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cfb123(Mid TN)

you consider "severe discomfort if digested" (as my ID book states) & other unpleasantries that will take place! :-)

I'll try my best at growing it, but will pass up any attempt at tasting!

Thanks again. CFB

    Bookmark   September 20, 2004 at 9:03AM
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