Two species of woody, deciduous shrubs or trees.  Leaves alternate, simple, 3-veined from base, margin toothed or rarely entire.  Flowers 5 calyx lobes, 5 petals, white, very small and very concave, enclosing the 5 stamens.  Fruit 3 chambered, berrylike.  Native to Eastern and southern Asia.
Hovenia: for David Hoven, an Amsterdam senator.

Pronunciation: 
ho-VE-ni-a
Family: 
Rhamnaceae