At any rate, I am lucky to live in a village that believes in tree diversity. On my little block, the village has planted shingle oak, hackberry, ash, catalpa, silver maple, spruce, ginkgo, and turkish filbert. That's a lot of different species! As we didn't learn with the overplanting of elms and now ashes, too many trees of the same species provide an ideal meal for insects and sites for diseases. So, if you get the opportunity to plant a tree - choose something different from the neighbors! There's more out there than maples!
One of the best features of hackberry is the nifty warty bark.