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