About 70, mostly evergreen species in the tropics, but also deciduous trees and some shrubs. Leaves alternate, 3-veined at the base, margin entire or serrate. Flowers inconspicuous, male flowers near the base of current year's growth, female flowers solitary or paired in the leaf axils on the same branch. Fruit a globose drupe, somewhat fleshy. Native to the tropics and North America and southern Europe.
Celtis: name of Greek origin and probably wrongly applied to the genus.