Dr. Seuss tree that inspired ‘The Lorax’ falls in park


Sad news for Dr. Seuss fans.

CNN reports the Monterey Cypress tree that inspired the 1971 children’s book “The Lorax” has collapsed, according to a spokesman for the San Diego Parks and Recreation Department. 

The tree, which was estimated to be about 80 to 100 years old, was healthy when it fell and there was “no definitive cause” on why it collapsed. 

It was located at Ellen Browning Scripps Park in La Jolla, California.  Author Theodor Seuss Geisel was allegedly able to see the tree from his mountaintop home, where he lived from  1948 until his death in 1991, according to the city’s website. 

The city hopes to salvage the tree and plant a new one in its place. 

The Lorax follows the journey of its titular character who “speaks for the trees” and the creatures that depend on them for survival. It was made into a film in 2012. 


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