Lattice-matched Zn1-yCdySe/InxGa1-xAs heterojunctions can be fabricated by molecular beam epitaxy on GaAs(001) 2x4 surfaces in a wide range of compositions provided that a suitable strain relaxation profile is achieved within the ternary m-V buffer layer. We focus here on the structural properties of the resulting II-VI/III-V heterostructures and discuss the distribution of native defects, including misfit and threading dislocations, stacking faults, and surface corrugations, (C) 1998 American Vacuum Society.