The Ebenaceaeis a family of plants includes approximately 500 species. It consists of low trees and more rarely of shrubs. The leaves are simple, alternately arranged and leathery. The flowers are most often solitary or in inflorescences. Pollination is entomophilic (in plants pollinated by insects). The fruit is berry-like.
Many of the species provide valuable timber. They grow primarily in the subtropical and tropical regions and partially in the moderate climate zone. A well known member is the persimmon (Diospyros kaki Thunb.), grown in the southern parts of Bulgaria.