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July 19, 2019

Tree that inspired Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Lorax’ falls in California

June 17, 2019
American author and illustrator Dr Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904 – 1991) working in his home office on a sketch in La Jolla, California, April 25, 1957. The famed author could see the real life inspiration for the “Lorax tree” from his window. (Gene Lester/Getty Images)

The tree that inspired Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) to write the 1971 children’s book “The Lorax” has fallen.

Tim Graham, a spokesman for the San Diego Parks and Recreation Department, did not give a reason for the tree falling.


The Monterey Cypress tree was at Ellen Browning Scripps Park in La Jolla, where Geisel lived from 1948 to 1991. He could see the tree from his house, the city said.

Graham added that the city is hoping it can re-purpose the tree’s trunk after salvaging it. The tree was between 80 and 100 years old.

A replacement tree is likely to be planted.

“The Lorax,” a pro-environment, anti-corporate greed tale, was adapted into a 2012 animated film starring Danny DeVito, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift.


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