This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This native climber, better known, perhaps, by its popular name, Stafftree, presents a grand appearance long after king frost has robbed our fields of their summer beauty. It blossoms early in June, and its greenish colored flowers are produced in clusters along the sides of the branches. The leaves are of a rich green color, oblong in shape, and slightly serrated. The berries are roundish or three-cornered in form. When frost appears, the outer covering of the berry opens, showing the shining scarlet - pulp surrounding the seed. Here this climber has taken possession of some dead cedar trees, and at this late season their branches are wreathed in beauty by the long lines of scarlet woven round them. The nook is much admired by all who see it, and the berries retain their color, and do not fall for many weeks. This climber is worthy of cultivation, and might be used with good effect in many positions in gardens, cemeteries, etc. It is easily propagated from seeds, cuttings, or suckers.