I'm looking for fruit/nut tree recommendations that can grow in the understory (with mottled light) of a 40-year old piedmont second-growth forest in Virginian clay (mature oaks, mid-sized maples, poplars, hickories, beeches, sweetgum, hollies), ranging from wetland to rocky ridges over two acres. I'm trying to coppice and hinge-cut small (under 6 inch diameter) trees for deer browse/cover and partial canopy opening; then I'd plant small trees, and eventually remove the mid-size non food trees or girdle them to create snags. Of course, I wouldn't touch the mature Oaks or hickories.
Looking at Paw-Paws for wetland area, Chinese Chestnuts, and potentially Persimmons and wild plums. Prefer planting cheap stuff from the VA state forestry (http://www.dof.virginia.gov/nursery/index.htm
). I'd like to get bamboo established too, but that can be hard to do without access to irrigation and in the understory.