If you have any suggestions for shrubs or groundcovers to plant around black walnuts, I would really appreciate the tips. I recently purchased my family's old homeplace in NC and there is a 100 year old black walnut in the front yard... no way am I cutting that down. The only things I remember growing around it as a child are a cherry tree, nandina bushes and a catawba tree. There is a lilac close by, but it has never done very well... stunted growth and poor flowering. Any experience with azaleas around a black walnut?