Shrubs or trees. Leaves alternate, sometimes crowded, simple. Inflorescence a terminal panicle or corymb. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic. Calyx campanulate, shortly lobed or dentate. Corolla tube usually campanulate; lobes 5, rounded, spreading or reflexed. Stamens 5, inserted on the corolla tube. Style terminal, well-developed, entire or very shortly 2-fid; stigmas 2, capitate or peltate, or 1, 2-lobed. Fruit subspherical, fleshy; pyrenes 4, 2-locular; outer surface with thin longitudinal lammellae.