Fruit is bright red, sometimes yellow or orange, and spherical in shape. The fruit matures around October but can be kept on the tree until spring. The berry-like fruit is around 1/3 inch in diameter and is technically a four-seeded drupe. On average, one pound of berries has around 28,000 seeds. These berries, though beautiful, can be mildly toxic to humans and other animals if ingested. The berries contain a caffeinelike alkaloid, and though not likely to be fatal when eaten, may cause irritation.