Answer: Since you already have black walnuts, I suggest you focus on trees that are compatible, since black walnuts can kill nearby plants with a compound exuded from their roots. Here are a few to consider that also produce feed for wildlife: catalpa, eastern hemlock, sugar maple, hackberry, sycamore, black cherry, white, red, and shingle oaks, and white cedar, to name a few. Good flowering and fruiting shrubs include elderberry, honeysuckles, Rose of Sharon, and Rugosa rose (plant the rose far from the black walnuts). If you want to try growing the wilt resistant hybird elm, you'll find them in Gurney's Catalog (110 Capital St., Yankton, SD 57079, ph# 605/665-1671). These trees are fast growing, are 60' at maturity, and attractive, though they don't have the traditional vase shape of our American Elm. Also, your local chapter of the Audubon Society can provide further information on creating wildlife habitat. Enjoy!
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