The cap morel has a Eurasian distribution. Its distribution area extends in the southwest from Spain (Andalusia) throughout Europe, Asia Minor to India.
The cap morel has a very wide ecological potency. It grows in moist, humus-rich meadows, gardens, parks, forests, and along streams. The fruiting bodies appear in Central Europe from April to May.
Morels can be found all over the Northern Hemisphere. Mainly being in North America, Central America, Europe and Asia. The morels found in these parts of the world are currently either part of the black morel or yellow morel clades which was further studied and revised in Revision of Morchella Taxonmy .
Morchella semilibera are most commonly found in forested areas around dead elm trees, Sycamore, apple trees, under wood scraps and Ash trees, but can also be found in other areas. They often tend to grow under objects on the ground as well because of the dampness under them (In Identification you will learn more about where to find morels in the wild).
Mixed forest, alluvial forest, likes aspen or also often found in bark mulch, calcareous soil, clay soil, never fertilized soil, high humidity, e.g. from streams, bark mulch, in freshly dug soil, in burned areas, woody debris.
Spring fungus: February to June, in colder regions not before early April