Below is a list of trees I have heard mentioned as good morel host trees.
Most of the property that I own is mostly higher elevation ridge and hollow type land. Not River or Big Creek Bottom type land.
My places are dominated by white oak, red oak and chestnut oak trees - next most common would be Hickory and Poplar.
I went out yesterday and looked about 3 hours and found no morels yet (not too suprised by that - was sort of expecting to be very lucky to find one this early).
I did focus on S/W facing hillsides and basically just cruised along the hill looking for host trees and then checked about a 10' circle around the bottom of the tree, then moved on until I found another.
What I noticed is that on South/West facing hillsides, there are very few Hickory/Poplar trees. There are a few lower on the hill, but higher on the hill they just play out an Oaks dominate. Poplar and Hickory were more plentiful on N/E facing hillsides.
I only found 3 Sycamore trees and they were right next to the creek - found no Elm or Ash trees at all.
I expect that Elm, Ash and Sycamore are just more likely to show up in lower elevation properties, down around big creek or river bottoms.
Do you guys find the same type pattern to host trees where you live ?
How would you rank the host trees from the list above (1-7) with 1 being best, 7 worst ?
Wondering if I need to focus more on looking in areas where something other than Hickory & Poplar and perhaps a few Sycamore trees are available as host trees.
I took a few pictures of some of my Hickory and Poplar trees that I was looking around and a picture of a water fall on my place.
Showing a few of those below: