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  • Has anyone else ever found large numbers of Morel mushrooms growing under oak trees? I've been hunting for morels every spring s

    Has anyone else ever found large numbers of Morel mushrooms growing under oak trees? I've been hunting for morels every spring since I was a little kid, and except for a few seemingly random ones once in a while, I've never seen it. But this spring, I'm finding a ton of them under Red and Burr oaks, almost as many as under the standard dead elms in fact.

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    The dead elm is no longer present.

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      If you mean they're growing in areas where there used to be dead elms, I have a hard time believing that, because I'm finding them in areas I've known for years, and there has never been any trace of past dead elms there for as long as I've known about the location. Mostly I've been finding them under clusters of large, older-growth oaks, where there definitely haven't been any other trees in decades, due to the oaks shading everything else out.

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        In the Northeast, I typically find them under apple trees. The ones that had waste apples (that deer and other critters didn't eat are best.) Weather up here (probably like everywhere else) is critically important as to whether we have them from one year to the next. It was abnormally warm and dry last spring and I never found one. Got a bit of rain and humidity this past week and I found some just yesterday. Now, it's in the upper 30s so I'm guessing that morel season such that it is up here is over. So sad, cause they are soooooooo good.

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          I used to find some under apple trees here Gerry, but haven't in recent years, although that's probably mostly because I lost access to a couple of the best apple-tree locations. I find quite a few under ash trees too, second only to dead elms normally. It's been a pretty good year for them here in Iowa, my brothers and I have found about 17 or 18 pounds, total.

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            I've found some in some weird places but not so much under oaks. Seen them around apple trees and elms mostly. If the soil is right they will grow

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              There's none in my immediate area in Central Alabama - never seen them...

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