Neillia is mainly indigenous in China, and comprises 13 species.
This is a deciduous, woody-stemmed shrub with thin, squarish shoots, spreading, short-stemmed, bristly-toothed, long clusters or racemes of white or pink , and leathery fruits which burst open when they are ripe, with large numbers of shiny .
N. affinis has oval, lobed, sharply-toothed, pointed leaves, 4-10 cm long, smaller on flowering shoots, and terminal clusters, 6 cm long, of pale pink flowers. N. thibetica has long, arching shoots, bright green, lobed, serrated leaves, 5-8 cm long, which are hairy on the underside, and 4-8 cm long spikes of compact, pink flowers. Grow in smallin a sunny, slightly sheltered spot in any nutritious soil that is not too moist. in spring for bushy growth and to rejuvenate the plant. Propagate from , (June, under glass) and rooted suckers.