Please post pics of black morel finds and share information about the habitat in which they grow!
Indy_nebo..I've lived here for 14 years and hint every year and have never found a black..greasy are always first and not bi ing before...Boone CountyI live in the Indianapolis area, so if ANYONE IN CENTRAL INDIANA finds any blacks, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help a brother out with some knowledge! I have been finding all other colors for 15 years, but have never found a single black. A lot of people tell me that they are just plain old scarce in central, but I'm willing to wager that there are at LEAST a few posters out there that consistently find them around this latitude.
I find the majority of my blacks underneath what I'm pretty sure are white pine trees.. I'm not the greatest with conifer identification though, so I could be wrong about that.. I find a few under poplar and ash trees.. One crazy year I found one in my backyard growing underneath a pear tree.. They are usually under living trees though, and they grow closer to the host tree than the greys and yellows do.. I'm not positive about this, but my theory is they are more sensitive to water than the other species of morels.. Meaning they are more susceptible to being drown out.. I think that's why they prefer living hardwood and evergreen trees.. The canopies protect the mycelium from the rain..
Does anybody out there have any living ash trees still around? All of ours crapped out a few years ago due to the borer!I find my blacks in an area that has elm ash cherry and decaying trees ..
I can understand that. Years ago I read that the presence of black hickory tree would retard the growth of mushrooms near them! I had no idea if that were true, but I had hunted long under black walnut trees, which are numerous near us, and never found anything, it seemed reasonable to me!So I get on my Facebook once every 3 years, corona has given us more time, saw a post from Morgan co. They found blacks in their private woods where they had never found morels, also said there were hickory shells everywhere, they normally don’t look in that area.