About Us

In the 1970's, Ben Walker (co-founder) owned a retail nursery called Bennett Landscape Nursery, but was dissatisfied with the quality of trees he was purchasing. The field-grown B&B trees were slow to establish and problems from root deformed trees were showing up in customers landscapes, such as blow over and declining health. In addressing the problem, he developed an inground growing system called a Tree Sox.  The Tree Sox helped to develop fibrous roots and made transplanting trees more successful, but they were sometimes difficult to remove and had other challenges. While continuing his pursuit of growing trees with the healthiest roots he became acquainted with a company in Scotland that was selling a growing container called an Air-Pot™. The patented design of this container guided the growing roots towards holes in the sides of the pot.  The air naturally dehydrated the roots tip forcing development of new roots. This technology is called air-pruning and results in healthier and stronger roots organically.  After testing the product himself, he became a distributor and started importing Air-Pots™ and introducing them to other nursery growers. Additional costs, a need to change some of the production processes, and a lack of understanding by the public of the importance of a good root structure are some of the challenges that he faced.  A plan to overcome these problems was needed.

While attending Brigham Young University, Brant Walker (co-founder) conducted market research on root caused problems and found that most nursery professionals including garden centers, municipalities, landscape contractors, and landscape architects considered poor roots to be a major problem and would prefer to purchase trees that didn't have girdling or circling roots. In 2004 Brant wrote a business plan to grow trees using air-pruning technology. He entered this business plan (Superoots USA) into the BYU MBA Business Plan Competition where he won first place and a 50k grand prize.  After winning the BYU Business Plan Competition, Fortune Magazine called and invited him to enter his business plan into the National MBA Business Plan Competition that they sponsor each year. Competing against the best business plans from Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and others, his business plan finished as a semi-finalist and was featured in Fortune Small Business.

With a solid business plan, seed money, and national exposure Brant and Ben combined their efforts and formed SuperTrees Incoporated in 2005. Today the company grows over 150 varieties of trees in air-pruning containers and ships them to wholesale customers throughout the United States.  We also sell to retail customers in the Portland/Salem area and provide landscaping and arborist related services to municipalities and homeowners within 30 miles of Canby, Oregon.  If you would like to learn more about our trees or the services we provide please contact us at 503-266-8733.