Plants That Can Survive Near a Black Walnut Tree

I just had a black walnut tree cut down and the stump ground down, can you tell me what tree I can plant in it's place that would flower in the spring or summer? Can I plant a crape myrtle tree?


Hardiness Zone: 7a

By Linda McCollu

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Peter Loewer (sp?) used to have a list of plants that will live under walnut trees on his website. You might google his name or "the wild gardener" and see if it is still there.

Good luck!

Incidentally, my extension agent just told me that walnut trees are an indicator of good soil and growing conditions. I didn't know that, but should mean that whatever you can get to grow on the site will have a good chance of doing well.

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October 18, 2010

What kind of grass can I plant under a black walnut tree?

Hardiness Zone: 6a

By crochetcrazy from Glenn's Ferry, ID

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August 7, 2010

At least two productive herbs grow under a black walnut tree; caraway seed and tarragon, where others will not. Also, I have found red beets, black beets, and red lettuce will grow well.


By Mr. Noel W. from Elmira, NY

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September 2, 2009

Will a hydrangea (white) grow under or near a black walnut tree?

Deborah G.

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August 17, 2009

Q: I am wondering about other folks who might be dealing with black walnut trees. Has anyone found anything that grew well around them? I've researched a lot, but was wondering about some additional plants that might work.

Hardiness Zone: 5b

Kathy from Buffalo, NY

A: Kathy,

I'm not sure what your research has turned up so far, but if you're looking for plants to grow around your tree that are tolerant of juglone here are some more ideas.


  • Flowers: aster, astilbe, bee balm, begonia, black-eyed Susan, bluebell, calendula, crocus, daylily, ferns, grape hyacinth, some hosta varieties, hollyhock, impatiens, Jack-in-the-pulpit, Jacob's ladder, marigold, morning glory, pansy, phlox, Siberian iris, squill, sweet woodruff, trillium and zinnia.

  • Vegetables: beans, beets, carrots, corn, melons, onions, parsnip and squash.

  • Shrubs and Vines: arborvitae, bittersweet, black raspberry, clematis, currant, forsythia, euonymus, greenbrier, hackberry, most honeysuckle, pachysandra, rose-of-Sharon, sumac, most viburnum, Virginia creeper, wild grape, wild rose, willow and witch hazel.

  • Grasses: fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, orchard grass, soybean, timothy, wheat, and white clover.

This list was put out by the University of Wisconsin, which is in Hardiness Zone 5A.


Good luck.


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Plants That Can Survive Near a Black Walnut Tree

Are you looking for a foliage (like ferns) or just a grass seed? The only thing that I have seen (besides grass and creeping charlie/clover) is morning glory, at least on the stumps, and I think there may be some kind of ferns. If all else fails, you may want to put containers around it. I know they make the soil's ph very acidic. (05/18/2006)


By Kelly

Plants That Can Survive Near a Black Walnut Tree

I live in San Antonio, TX and under my black walnut tree, everything I have planted grows. I have fern, nandina, unbrella grass, pitisporium. Nothing has been affected by the tree, contrary to what everyone said about not growing anything under the tree. There is also St Augustine grass which has no problem with the tree either. (05/18/2006)

By ckschmidt

Plants That Can Survive Near a Black Walnut Tree

My parents (from Upstate NY) had a black walnut tree that grew in between their lilac bushes and the lilacs grew just fine with blooms and all, so you might want to try lilacs.

By Michelle

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