In 1972, three brothers called Jan, Gerrit and Henk Mauritz started an avenue tree nursery in Opheusden under the name Combinatie Mauritz. The next generation is now also working in the company – one son of each brother, Henk, Erik and Wouter Mauritz. Over the years, the nursery grew into an enterprise extending to around 160 hectares of land.
Partly due to its size and specialist know-how, Combinatie Mauritz has become one of the leading companies located in one of the largest avenue tree cultivation centres in Europe.
1860: The Mauritz family started growing trees for the first time.
1935: Hent, Jan and Anton Mauritz started a tree nursery called ‘De Abeel’.
The photo below shows the grandfather of the current shareholders of Combinatie Mauritz (right). Here he’s pictured on his way to bring a load of trees to Boskoop. These photos date from the 1950s.
1972: The brothers Jan, Gerrit and Henk Mauritz (sons of Hent Mauritz) start their own tree nursery called ‘Combinatie Mauritz B.V.’.
1990: Container cultivation was started on one hectare, mainly cultivation of half-trunks, in addition to 80 hectares of open ground cultivation of avenue trees.
2000: The container field was expanded to 2.5 hectares. Introduction of trees with a coconut fibre rootball, which can be kept above ground. 120 hectares of open ground are now cultivated. Start of cultivation of multistem trees.
2016: The container field was quadrupled in size to 10 hectares.
2018: Acquisition of the company by the sons Henk, Erik and Wouter Mauritz. The nursery has grown to 160 hectares in size. Every year, 160,000 new trees are grown in open ground and 35,000 trees in containers.
You are very welcome to visit our company and see with your own eyes how the Combinatie Mauritz grows trees