Thousands of people who see the governor’s mansion in Jefferson City during the holiday season will get to admire a 30-foot Christmas tree from Independence.

Finding the official Christmas tree for display in front of the governor’s mansion is a long-standing tradition for the Missouri Department of Conservation. Each year toward the end of the summer, MDC issues a statewide call for nominations in search of that special tree.

“The tree selected for the mansion lawn is a 30-foot eastern red cedar donated by Bud Perrin of Independence,” said MDC Forestry Program Supervisor Holly Dentner. “His tree was one of 18 submissions we received this year.”

The tree was removed from Diane and Bud Perrin’s yard by MDC crews on Nov. 22 and placed on the mansion lawn on Nov. 28. The official tree lighting ceremony will take place Dec. 2.

Missouri’s eastern red cedars often grow on glades, bluffs, rocky woods, pastures, and along roadsides and fencerows. They are the most common native conifer in the state.

“This eastern red cedar is a beautiful example of a tree that’s seen just about everywhere in Missouri,” said Dentner. “Perrin’s tree is likely one of many that will serve as Christmas trees this year.”