George Harrison memorial tree killed by beetlesA tree planted in honor of the late Beatles guitarist was ironically felled by an infestation of beetles. The tree will be replaced, although a date for the replanting has not been set.
George Harrison’s memorial tree has been destroyed by “beetlemania.” In an ironic twist, a pine tree planted at Griffith Park in honor of the late Beatle died due to a beetle infestation, according to the Los Angeles Times. Harrison passed away in 2001, and a sapling was planted near the Griffith Observatory three years later three years later to pay tribute to the musician, who “spent his final days in Los Angeles” before passing away from cancer at age 58. A plaque for The George Harrison Tree says the tree was planted “in memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener.” The plaque also features a quote from Harrison: “For the forest to be green, each tree must be green.” According to the Times, Harrison’s tree had grown as tall as 10 feet high as of 2013 before it was felled by an outbreak of tree beetles. Beatles' George Harrison Memorial Tree killed by actual beetles Houston Chronicle A swarm of George Harrison-hating beetles have killed the memorial tree in honor of the late Beatles multi-instrumentalist, the LA Times
Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge said that the tree will be replanted, but a date has not yet been set for it to be replaced.