Cypress tree in Ellen Browning Scripps Park
The century-old Monterey Cypress in Ellen Browning Scripps Park said to have inspired “The Lorax.” Photo via Wikimedia Commons

A century-old cypress tree in La Jolla that is said to have inspired Dr. Seuss‘ classic children’s book “The Lorax” has fallen.

Most parts of the tree were removed on Friday from Ellen Browning Scripps Park, but sections of its trunk will be preserved by the San Diego Parks and Recreation Department.

“The Lorax,” written by La Jolla resident Theodore Geisel under his pen name, is a fable of environmental degradation.

“I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees,” the title character says in the book.

Geisel lived in La Jolla from from 1948 until his death in 1991. The lone Cypress in Scripps Park was reportedly visible from his home on Mt. Soledad.

The city plans to plant another cypress tree at the same location in the popular coastal park.

“We really have no idea if Ted based the truffula trees on this particular tree, but regardless we are saddened to hear that this beautiful tree has fallen down, as we are when any tree that has lived for decades falls,” said Susan Brandt, president of Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

“That said. we are happy to hear that the park district has plans to plant a new tree and hope that this new tree has the opportunity to grow and delight park goers for years and years,” she added.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.