The Lorax: Spoke For Trees

City of San Diego

La Jolla’s ‘Lorax’ Tree Has Fallen

By Jason Daley

In what may be seen as an ominous omen of our times, the tree that is believed to have inspired the truffula trees in Dr. Seuss’ eco-classic children’s book, The Lorax, toppled over in La Jolla, California.

The tree, a lone Monterey cypress keeping watch over the water’s edge at Ellen Browning Scripps Park, fell over for an unknown reason last week, reports Michelle Lou at CNN. It’s believed the cypress was 80 to 100 years old, a few decades shy of its average 150-year lifespan.

Looking at images of the tree, it’s easy to understand why it’s been associated with Seuss, the pen name of author and illustrator Theodor Geisel. A sinuous trunk rises up to a lopsided, pointy crown of pine branches that looks as if it were sketched into existence by Seuss himself.

After World War II, Seuss moved to La Jolla and lived in an observation tower overlooking the coast. He would have easily been able to spot the lone tree along the seaside.

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