Crepe Myrtles near Walnut Trees

Asked August 31, 2016, 11:05 AM EDT

How close to a black walnut tree can I plant crepe myrtles? I do not see that the National Arboretum lists them as either being sensitive to walnut trees or as being tolerant.. Any advice?

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1 Response

Crapemyrtles demand full sun to do well, so ideally situate them far from big trees so they get as much sun as you can give them. Also remember to plan for their eventual mature size so that you do not need to prune them.
As far as the juglone produced by the trees, we do not find them listed as tolerant on this Extension article from Penn State: http://extension.psu.edu/plants/gardening/fact-sheets/trees-shrubs/landscaping-and-gardening-around-...
They don't show up on this list of 'sensitive' either:
http://www.mortonarb.org/trees-plants/tree-and-plant-advice/horticulture-care/plants-tolerant-black-...
We would err on the side of safety, and for best growth and results try locating them in full sun as far away as you can get them. The above link suggests 50-60 feet from the trunks of large walnuts.

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