Suggest fruit plantings please
I have a new bit of space available after a pine tree was cut down. There are tree roots, so whatever gets planted needs to be able to grow around the decaying roots. The location gets mostly morning sun and some filtered afternoon sun.
Zone 6, heavy clay soil conditions. Acid loving plants never do well, no matter how much amending the soil gets. Hot, humid summers alternating with drought every few years. Paved driveway on the other side of the tree roots. Slight slope with fair drainage. Squirrels, rabbits and deer eat even plants they're not supposed to like.
Am I being too ambitious? Is there anything that will survive and produce edible fruits? I've been looking at fruiting bushes and dwarf trees but can't read through the catalog descriptions of fabulous results in any conditions. Please tell me what's worked for you in similar locations.