I have a Jerusalem Cherry bush/tree and it is getting very straggly looking. I don't want to hurt it, but it needs trimming! The branches are long and spindly.
The dormant season (winter) is the best time for giving it a trim. If this is an indoor plant, the leggy growth is likely an indicator that it is not getting quite enough light. After you give it a trim, try to move it to a location where it will get a little more light.
What will correct this problem?
I suspect it needs some fertilizing, or that it's a soil problem. Another possibility is insect damage. Check the underside of the leaves for sucking insects like aphids, mealybugs or scale.
What animal might eat the berries off my Jerusalem Cherry from a pot on my back deck? I had a plant loaded with red cherry berries last night that are gone this morning. They are too big for a bird to eat them. Would a snake eat them?
A snake would not eat them. Many birds find them a tasty treat. The berries are toxic to dogs, cats, horses, and humans, but wildlife seem to tolerate it. So keep it away from pets and kids.