A genus of about 10 species of deciduous, occasionally evergreen, shrubs.  Branches are usually whorled.  Leaves alternate, simple, and tapering at the base and apex.  Native from Himalaya to Japan.  The most common ornamental species are E. companulatus, E. cernuus, and E. perulatus.
Enkianthus: from the Greek enkyos, swollen or pregnant, and anthos, flower, referring to E. quinqueflorus in which each flower appears to bear another inside it.

Pronunciation: 
en-kee-AN-thus
Family: 
Ericaceae