Native trees, shrubs available from MDC Licking State Forestry Nursery

Need trees and shrubs for your landscape? Go native with tree and shrub seedlings from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Native trees and shrubs can help improve wildlife habitat and soil and water conservation while improving the appearance and value of private properties.

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

The nursery mainly supplies one-year-old bare-rooted plants that vary in size depending on the species. Seedling varieties include: pine, bald cypress, cottonwood, black walnut, walnut, oak, pecan, persimmon, river birch, maple, willow, sycamore, blackberry, button, hazelnut, red button, ninebark, elderberry, sumac, wild plum, witch hazel and others.

Seedlings are available in packs of 10 or in increments of 25 per species. Prices range from 34 cents to $1 per seedling. 6.1% sales tax will be added to orders unless they are tax exempt. There is a $9 handling fee for each order. Receive a 15% discount up to $20 on seedling orders with a Heritage Card, Permit Card or Conservation ID Number.

“The nursery produces millions of seedlings every year, but some species are very popular and sell out quickly,” said Mike Fiaoni, forest nursery supervisor. “And some seedlings sometimes succumb to inclement weather or hungry wildlife, despite the best efforts of nursery staff.”

Fiaoni said that even if a species is listed as “sold out”, customers can still place an order for those seedlings as other orders may be cancelled, freeing up inventory. Customers will not be charged for seedlings unless they are available for shipment.

He noted that due to the tripling of shipping costs from previous years, the nursery must now charge shipping for orders shipped to Missouri addresses.

“This is the first time in the nursery’s 80+ year history that we have had to do this,” he said.

Orders will be processed from September 1 to April 15, 2023. Orders will be shipped or can be picked up from the nursery near Licking from February to May.

Learn more and place orders using MDC’s 2022-2023 seedling order form. Find it in the September issue of the Missouri Conservationist, at MDC regional offices and nature centers, or by contacting the State Forest Nursery at 573-674-3229 or [email protected]

Place your orders online at mdc.mo.gov/trees-plants/tree-seedlings beginning at 8 a.m. September 1.