The Fraser fir was donated on behalf of the West Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association, of which Tolliver is a board member. Tolliver also had a Christmas tree from his farm sent to the Governor's Mansion in 2011.
Tolliver said trees typically used for the outdoor displays at the Capitol are trimmed for a symmetrical shape, while those at the Governor's Mansion aren't trimmed and are selected for their unique shapes.
Tolliver said he's never seen his trees all lit up and decorated at the Capitol Complex, including the Governor's Mansion. He's too busy spreading Christmas cheer to others by selling trees from his retail shop at Charleston's farmers market.
Besides, no one's asked him to go.
"I haven't received an invitation," he said. "It would be a little bit of a conflict, but I'm sure we could take care of that if we were to be invited. We typically see pictures and obviously we get nice thank-you letters from the governor and his wife, so there's not a problem there. They're very gracious."
A spokeswoman for Tomblin didn't return a telephone message about a possible invitation for Tolliver.
In addition to selling Christmas trees for $7 a foot at the farmers market, Tolliver's Crickmer Farms in Danese allows families to choose and cut their own trees at $5 per foot.
According to the National Christmas Tree Association, real trees annually far outsell artificial ones.
"We're certainly trying to make everyone aware of the tree growers in West Virginia," Tolliver said. "This is a way for us to promote that activity and industry."