The Monterey Cypress in La Jolla, CA, known as the Lorax tree and thought to be the inspiration for the Truffula trees in Dr. Seuss’s classic children’s book, “The Lorax,” has fallen.
It is said that Dr. Seuss was an environmental prophet ahead of his time when he wrote "The Lorax." The Lorax is the tale of the Once-ler building his business at the expense of the Truffula trees before the main character confronts him and "speaks for the trees" to help save them. The book became an animated film in 2012 starring Danny DeVito as the Lorax and Ed Helms as the Once-ler.
Theodor Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, lived in La Jolla, California, from 1948 until his death at 87 in 1991. From the window of his home above the shores of La Jolla he could see an incredible Monterey Cypress tree located at Ellen Browning Scripps Park.
On June 13th of this year, the real-life Monterey Cypress, which as a species are unique to California's coastline, fell to the ground. Tim Graham, a San Diego Parks and Recreations spokesman, said the tree was estimated to be 80 to 100 years old. Graham said that the tree was in good condition, but unfortunately it had termites.
The City of La Jolla is looking to repurpose the trunk of the tree and plant a new one in its place.