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The platanes got cropped. Once their leaves finally popped out, they reminded me of the Truffula trees in the Dr. Seuss book, “The Lorax.”

If you aren’t up on your Seuss, “The Lorax” is an environmentalist cri de coeur published in 1971. The villain, the Once-ler, invents a useless “Thneed” that uses the leaves of the Truffula tree, destroying it. The Lorax, who “speaks for the trees,” warns against the Once-ler’s corporate greed and short-sightedness, but Thneeds, despite being useless, sell like hotcakes and soon the Truffula trees are gone, leaving devastation. The Lorax flees, leaving a one word warning: Unless.

Some of us feel like the Lorax these days, upon learning that our village plans to cut down these platane, or plane, trees. Why? It costs too much to clean up the leaves. (When I asked him about it, the mayor pivoted and said it ALSO was because the roots were invading the sewer lines; I want proof.) It isn’t corporate greed but a soul-killing drive for efficiency that we see in many arenas. Over a hundred years ago, the villagers planted these trees along the main road to provide much-appreciated shade for generations. They thought about the future. That was then.

line of trees“The Lorax” was made into a film in 2012. It’s so-so. The book, of course, is better and worth reading even if you’re no longer a kid. Because we didn’t listen in 1971.


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A very upbeat post coming on Wednesday. I need time to sort the photos. A BIG surprise happened yesterday!

15 thoughts on “The Truffula Trees

    1. Not everybody sees it that way. The mayor first told me that the people with these trees along the road suffered terribly from the leaves. When I said that was a lot of BS, he told me the roots were destroying the sewer pipes. Quite a few people are upset. It reminds me of an elderly person I knew who, as we pushed her wheelchair through a park, said it was terrible that there were so many trees and bushes. I asked what kind of landscape she liked, and she considered a minute then said, “A golf course.” What do you do with people like that? We can wax on about the beauty of the trees, but when somebody sees them as just a nuisance, and when that somebody is in charge, that’s it. We bought our place because it had lots of trees–18. We removed two and planted 9. Yes, the leaves are work. But it’s worth it for the magnificent shade.


  1. Some people just love to demonstrate their ‘control’ of nature. It’s a shame.

    Tell the mayor that if he’s patient they may kill themselves in a couple of years anyway. See my blog post The Plight of the Plane Trees. Has the chancre coloré not reached your area yet? When I started reading your post I fully expected that to be the reason the trees were being removed.

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    1. Yes, huge sections of platanes are being removed because of chancre coloré. And had the word gotten out that the local platanes were infected, it would have been one thing. But they already removed one giant platane because of the sewer line problem. There are no houses close to the line of trees in the photos, so we are skeptical about the sewer claim. Not to mention that the houses came a few generations after the trees. I have seen photos from the 1920s, and the trees already were huge. So how is it that now the roots are messing with the sewer lines?
      He said they are planting new trees, but not near houses, because people don’t want the leaves.


  2. Trees are worth fighting for. Like you, I have not been able to understand those who think of them as “in the way.”


  3. I worried my self into a stupor when the Mayor’s boys hacked back the beautiful big trees in la place, but they have grown back apparently invigorated . Apparently they are safe for now but we are fortunate to have a damn good mayor here. Long may he reign….

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    1. The manner of pruning is, let’s say, “special.” We had our many acacias trimmed last year by a magical guy. He said he would trim by half but we’d never notice. He was right–they aren’t “shorn,” though the foliage is much thicker. He was amazing, walking through the branches, chain-saw in hand, like a bird. I was glad not to be his mother, though I immediately loved him to pieces.


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