When looking for blacks down here (NW IN), ash trees are definitely my favorite. I might be crazy, but I think it's because they wake up before the poplars and elms. With last year's weather, I had a lot of spots pop dozens in a relatively small area, then do it again just west (or north) of the first spot. Never clusters, but easy pickins. It was the yellows that were spaced out.Aspens, poplar and cottonwood are trees that I’d target for blacks. Admittedly tho, I haven’t bothered much with black morels because, in my limited experience with them, they don’t grow in mass clusters like greys and blondes do so I always end up walking all day for a dozen or so. When I find greys and blondes, I can hit a couple trees for several dozen or more.
Not so this season...I'm probably down at least 500 true blacks compared to last year and it's early start. With this upcoming weather, I'll find some, but I'll be lucky to break 150 for the year (and I hunt blacks regularly). Now, I need to remember where my late season yellow spots are, considering it's been almost 4 years since we had such a late start.