Workers gather white pine seedlings being uprooted by a tractor-driven machine during an event  at the Missouri Department of Conservation's George O. White State Forest Nursery west of Licking.

Need trees and shrubs for your landscape? Go native with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Native trees and shrubs can help improve wildlife habitat and soil and water conservation while also improving the appearance and value of private property.

MDC’s George O. White State Forest Nursery in Licking offers a variety of low-cost native tree and shrub seedlings for reforestation, windbreaks, erosion control, wildlife food and cover, and other purposes.

MDC’s 2018-2019 Seedling Order Form provides images and information on available items, along with ordering information. Find it in the September issue of the Missouri Conservationist, at MDC regional offices and nature centers, online at, or by contacting the State Forest Nursery at 573-674-3229 or

Place orders from Sept. 1 through April 15, 2019. Supplies are limited so order early. Orders will be shipped or can be picked up at the nursery near Licking from February through May.

The nursery provides mainly one-year-old, bare-root seedlings with sizes varying by species. Seedlings varieties include: pine, bald cypress, cottonwood, black walnut, hickory, oak, pecan, persimmon, birch, maple, willow, sycamore, blackberry, beautyberry, buttonbush, holly, dogwood, hazelnut, redbud, ninebark, pawpaw, spicebush, elderberry, serviceberry, sumac, wild plum, witch hazel and others.

Seedlings are available in bundles of 10 or increments of 25 per species. Prices range from 22 – 90 cents per seedling. Sales tax of 6.1 percent will be added to orders unless tax exempt. There is an $8 handling charge for each order. Receive a 15-percent discount up to $20 off seedling orders with a heritage card, permit card or conservation ID number.

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