This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The English ivy has black berries, but there are numerous varieties, some even with yellow fruit. Now, we have a colored plate in Revue Horticole of a variety with red berries, like those of holly, only in large clusters, introduced by M. Besson, of Nice. The ivy does not fruit till it is of considerable age, and hence it is valued here solely for its leaves; but wherever it is hardy enough to endure the winter without injury, and could live a few years to get old enough to fruit, this red-berried kind would be highly appreciated.