Yet, they are a true morel. Their taxonomic name is Morchella semilibera. Morchella meaning morel, and semilibera meaning half-free. The only thing about half-frees is that they do have a poisonous look alike. And those are the Verpas. However, they are easy to tell apart. If there's some white, cottony fuzz in the stem, it's a Verpa and should be avoided. if the shroom is completely hollow, it's a morel since all morels are completely hollow!Are the smaller ones half frees? They don’t look like true morels although their stems are hollow?
I checked 2 quick apple tree spots this morning with no luck. Went out this afternoon in the sun, came home soaked all the way though. Found a bunch of half frees, dozen or so grays, dozen or so yellows and a nice pheasant tail I’m gonna try.They are where you find them!