Noni is the Hawaiian name for the Morinda citrifolia plant, which is also called Great Morinda, Indian Mulberry, and Beach Mulberry. Noni grows as a shrub or small tree with glossy, deep green leaves and multiple blooms on flower stalks that become the Noni Fruit. Noni is used medicinally throughout the tropical world and is considered a treatment for enough ailments to fill several books on the subject. The self-fertile trees begin making fruit in as little as nine months, and can produce up to fifteen pounds of fruit per year.
Noni Trees are suited for growing outdoors in USDA Zones 9 to 11, or in pots within Zones 4 to 11. They like rich, moist soil and full sun. Although the Noni Plant is related to the Coffee Bush, Nonis can reach heights of thirty feet and widths of fifteen feet upon maturity. The many health claims surrounding Noni Fruit, Juice, and Noni Preparations have caused the price of Noni to rise. But the plants are easy to grow, seem to thrive when left alone, and their beautiful foliage and unique fruit make them a valuable addtion to the edible garden.