JEFFERSON CITY, MO. — It isn’t quite the most wonderful time of the year yet, but the perfect tree takes a while to find. That’s why the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has started their annual search for the governor’s mansion Christmas tree.

governor's mansion Christmas treeMDC is asking landowners, homeowners, businesses, and communities if they have a tree they would like to donate to be used this Christmas. The tree picked will be transported to the governor’s mansion at no cost to the owner. They will also be invited to the lighting ceremony and given a personalized thank you note from Governor Eric Greitens.

According to a news release, the tree must be about 40 feet tall and an eastern red cedar, Norway spruce, or white pine. All four sides must be branched out and can be reached by large equipment for removal.

“Sometimes there are wonderful evergreens that need to be removed for home expansion, utility work, or they’ve simply grown too large for the space,” says MDC Forestry Field Program Supervisor Russell Hinnah. “Having your tree displayed at the governor’s mansion is a wonderful way to share its beauty with thousands of Missourians who visit the mansion during the holidays.”

Photos of the tree can be e-mailed to holidaytrees@mdc.mo.gov. The entry should also include a phone number and location information. It is also best to include several photos of the tree from a variety of angles and distances.Entries can also be submitted by mail to: Missouri Department of Conservation, ATTN: Mansion Christmas Tree, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

All entries must be submitted by October 10. More information can be found at mdc.mo.gov.