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Truffula tree seeds
The brown barb-a-loot (a mammal of the family Ursidae) depends on the truffula for its main source of food: the tasty purple fruit of the tree. Since the deforestation of Truffula Valley, the brown barb-a-loot population there has migrated to the surrounding area.

Truffula tree

Evergreen tree up to 25m tall. Crown spherical. Bark grey with black striations. Leaves copiously hairy and fuzzy; bright pink, red, orange or pale yellow; scent of sweet butterfly milk. Flowers form in dense panicles that develop into bunches of purple berries. Seeds ovoid with distinct swirl pattern.

Truffula leaves are copiously fuzzy and grow in four bright colours.

The truffula tuft is silky soft and used by the Once-ler to make thneeds.

The bark is marked with black stripes.

The seeds have a distinct swirl pattern.

Truffulas can grow up to 25m tall.

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Where it grows

Before being harvested to extinction, the truffula was endemic to (ie only found in) Truffula Valley. It grew under the watchful eye of the Lorax, the guardian of the forest who speaks for the trees.

Common uses

Owing to the touch of its tuft, which is softer than silk, the truffula was the sole source of material for the highly popular ‘thneed’, invented by the Once-ler. It was harvested with a Super Axe Hacker, which could fell four truffulas at one stroke.

Conservation story

In spite of warnings by the Lorax, the guardian of the forest, the large-scale manufacture of ‘thneeds’ by the greedy Once-ler led to the truffula becoming extinct. However, it is rumoured that a boy named Ted has been given the last seed.

Wildlife facts

The brown barb-a-loot (a mammal of the family Ursidae) depends on the truffula for its main source of food: the tasty purple fruit of the tree. Since the deforestation of Truffula Valley, the brown barb-a-loot population there has migrated to the surrounding area.

The movie Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax © Universal Studios. Based on The Lorax book and characters TM & © 1971 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. All rights reserved.

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Glossary

  • Crown: cluster of leaves and branches at the top of trunk.
  • Ovoid: three-dimensionally egg-shaped with broader end at base.
  • Panicle: multi-branched collection of flowers (inflorescence).
  • Striation: linear mark.

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Truffula tree seeds
Grab these free Truffula Tree Seeds Printable Toppers here:

Truffula Tree Seeds Printable Toppers

I wanted to share another fun, Lorax themed printable. These Truffula Tree Seeds Printable Toppers can be added to cereal, seeds, small treats or anything else you can think of!

These printable tags are perfect for Earth Day or to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. I’m added mine to bags of Fruity Pebbles cereal, but we’ve used Trix cereal and even real seeds previously. If you have another idea for these toppers, let us know. We’d love to hear how you use them!

To recreate these treat bags, simply print the PDF found below, cut them out, fold in half and staple to your snack baggies. These toppers will fit Ziplock snack and sandwhich size baggies.

The back features a popular quote from The Lorax book.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Grab these free Truffula Tree Seeds Printable Toppers here:

And don’t forget to check out the rest of our Earth Day printables too!