Trees, shrubs or suffrutices. Stipules 0. Leaves simple, usually alternate
(sometimes opposite, subopposite or whorled in some spp. of Euclea
) and entire
. Flowers actinomorphic
, hypogynous, unisexual
but usually with the rudiments of the other sex present, 3-8-merous. Calyx
gamosepalous, persistent in fruit, in Diospyros usually accrescent
. Corolla gamopetalous. Stamens 3-100 or more. Ovary with 2-8 carpels, each carpel with 2 ovules. Fruit usually a berry.