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Famed tree with Dr. Seuss connection topples over in La Jolla

Posted: 11:55 PM, Jun 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-15 14:55:58-04
Dr. Seuss tree topples over in La Jolla

LA JOLLA, Calif. (KGTV) - A Monterey Cypress known as the “Dr. Seuss Tree” or “The Lorax Tree” toppled over early Thursday morning in La Jolla.

The unique shaped tree has been theorized to be the inspiration for the colorful trees in “The Lorax,” written in 1971 by Theodor Geisel, known best as "Dr. Seuss."

Geisel lived in La Jolla from 1948 until he died in 1991. The tree is located in Ellen Browning Scripps Park near La Jolla Cove.

The tree had become a tourist destination for Seuss fans around the world, with its long, drooping branches and leaves.

As of Thursday night the tree was still lying on the ground. The cause of the fall was under investigation.