Hunting in Lake County Michigan, I'm trying to develop more habitat in a predominantly Maple and Oak tree environment. Come the later months, the woods appears almost barren due to lack of foliage. I've already started a regiment of pine tree seedlings for habitat. I also have Chestnut, apple and pear trees going. I thought due to it's thicker foliage, fruits and spreading trait of American Plum, it might be good to plant them. I would groom them to work for me as far as travel corridors, wind blocks, visual barriers etc. A buddy of mine isn't crazy about them. He doesn't like the idea of thorny bushes! I could use some insight from other members if possible. thanks.