Nitrogen Fixing Layers For Zone 6 Food Forest Building

Derived From the book Native Plants of the Northeast by Donald J. Leopold 2005

Hardiness Zone: 6

Tree Possibilities: (Nitrogen Fixing)

  1. Cercis canadensis ; Eastern Redbud ; Zone 4-9 ; moist well drained soil ; sun to shade (Fabaceae)
  2. Cladrastis kentukea ; Yellowwood ; Zone 4-8 ; Dry to moist well drained ; sun to partial sun (Fabaceae)
  3. Gleditsia triacanthos ; Honeylocust ; Zone 4-9 ; dry to wet soil ; sun (fabaceae)
  4. 4.       Gymnocladus dioicus ; Kentuckey coffeetree ; 3 – 8 ; dry to moist, well drained ; (Fabaceae)
  5. 5.       Robinia pseudoacacia ; Black Locust ; 4-8 ; dry to moist, well drained ; (Fabaceae)

Shrub possibilities: (Nitrogen Fixing)

  1. Amorpha fruiticosa ; Indigobush ; 4-9 ; dry to moist, well adaptable ; sun (Fabaceae)
  2. Robinia hispida ; Bristly Locust ; 5-8 ; dry infertile ; sun ; (Fabaceae)

Wildflower possibilities: (Nitrogen Fixing)

  1. Baptisia australis ; Blue false indigo ; 4-9 ; moist to dry ; sun to partial sun (Fabaceae)
  2. Lupinus perennis ; Blue Lupine ; 3-9 ; well drained ; sun to partial sun (Fabaceae)

Vine Possibilities: (Nitrogen Fixing)

  1. Wisteria frutescens ; American Wisteria ; 5-9 ; moist to wet ; sun to partial sun (Fabaceae)

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