Some 10 species of deciduous shrubs or small trees.  Leaves simple, alternate, thin, and serrate.  Flowers in terminal and axillary clusters (racemes or spikes), each flower small, bisexual, but sometimes unisexual in cultivation, petals not united, 8 stamens.  Fruit is a globose, many seeded berry.  Native to east Asia and Himalayas.
Stachyurusstachys (spike), oura (tail), alluding to the long flower clusters (racemes).

Pronunciation: 
sta-kee-U-rus
Family: 
Stachyuraceae