About 10 species of evergreen and deciduous shrubs and trees; branches have chambered pith.  Leaves alternate, simple, dentate.  Flowers white, cream, or green-white, small, many per cluster (raceme or spike), 5 petals, 5 stamens.  Fruit, capsule, many seeded.  Native to northeastern Asia and eastern North America.
Itea: Greek name for willow, a reference to the somewhat willow-like pendulous catkins.

Grossulariaceae, Iteaceae