Ampelopsis quinquefolia. - American Woodbine. - "This is the most ornamental plant of its genus. It recommends itself by its hardiness, the rapidity of its growth, and the luxuriance and beauty of its foliage. It is a native of our woods, and climbs rocks and trees to a great height. In cultivation it is often made to cover walls of houses, forty or fifty feet high, clinging by rootlets which proceed from its tendrils. The flower is of a reddish-green, and not showy, which is succeeded by clusters of dark-blue, nearly black, berries when mature. At the same period the fruit-stalks and tendrils assume a rich crimson or red color.
"The great variety of rich colors, shades of scarlet, crimson, and purple, which the leaves and stems of this plant assume, and the situations in which we see it, climbing up the trunks and spreading along the branches of trees, covering walls and heaps of stones, forming natural festoons from tree to tree, or trained on the sides and along the piazzas of dwelling-houses, make it one of the conspicuous ornaments of the autumnal months. Often, in October, it may be seen mingling its scarlet and orange leaves, thirty or forty feet from the ground, with the green leaves of the still unchanged tree on which it climbed." - (Emerson.)
This luxuriant climber is easily propagated by layers and cuttings. It flourishes best in a rich, moist soil
Examples of the surprising luxuriance of this plant may be seen on a number of dwelling houses in Beacon street, Boston, and on many other buildings in that city.