Morchella semilibera 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 .
Morels 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).
Alluvial forests, mixed forests, also with intervening pines or firs, overflows, in firewood stores, humus-rich meadows with pools of water, in parks, forest edges, on and around hard forest roads.
Clay soil, soil that has never been fertilized, high moisture, eg from streams, calcareous soil, on burned sites, woodpiles, bark litter