Flowers: small; clustered in a cyme. Fruit: small black, or blue berries. Leaves; divided into five lance-oblong leaflets. A vine climbing by means of tendrils and rootlets.
It is quite distressing to think how often this most beautiful of our climbers is shunned and looked upon with distrust by the non-botanists simply because the difference between it and poison ivy is not known. That it has five leaflets and bluish berries should be remembered as a means to distinguish it from the three leaflets and whitish fruit of the harmful vine.
It accommodates itself readily to almost every kind of soil, and has been extensively cultivated in Europe and in this country for garden decoration. In the autumn the leaves turn a brilliant crimson.