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Old Apr 21, 2015, 1:45 pm   #1
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I have been hearing reports from all over saying that the decaying ash trees are producing morels I am uncertain of this but maybe the ash are reverse from an elm which produces them until they are in a decaying state any way my thought is this if the black ash when alive give the nutrients for the morel root system why would a dying or dead ash not do the same its hard for me to imagine that morels would take so many nutrients out of the soil to just dye as soon as the ash do I hunted above the 35 parallel last season and did find grey morels next to the dying ash but in my area of northwest Ohio I have never seen a black ash and have found tons of Greys mostly under or around oak trees or oak saplings and of course elms
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Old Apr 24, 2015, 2:00 pm   #2
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Re: Ash

Dead ash do not produce morels. However, the ash borer eats the cambium, inner bark, of the ash trees. Because of that, many of the affected trees still have roots that remain alive for at least a few years. I have found many morels around ash that appeared dead from most outward signs, but had suckers growing from the base, indicating the root systems were not yet dead.

Also, I have had several places where I have found blacks that originally started around ash which were then alive but since died out. In those cases, young black cherries grew up in the resulting canopy opening. Those locations have been very productive.
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Old Apr 24, 2015, 4:57 pm   #3
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I go on morel mushroom hunting.net site to look at the updates and pictures and I've seen a lot of people finding them around that of course you're right they probably don't produce but since the root system are still alive they may be just finding the same system that was there before The ash died but that being said I hope we are both wrong because I do love going to Michigan and finding them Gray's underneath all the mash trees up in the northern U P
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