Beatle Musician George Harrison's Memorial Tree Killed By Real Beetles
A tree planted in memory of late Beatle George Harrison in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park was killed by actual beetles.
The pine tree died after an insect infestation and a new one will be planted in its place, Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge told Pop & Hiss.
It was planted "In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener,” an accompanying plaque read.
It includes a quote from the Maharish Mahesh Yogi: "For the forest to be green, each tree must be green."
The tree had grown to be about 10 feet tall as of 2013, the Los Angeles Times reports. Numerous trees near Griffith Observatory have been stricken with bark and ladybug beetles.
Harrison, an avid gardener, spent his final years in Los Angeles. He died in 2001 at the age of 58.
On the day I was there, many tourists and visitors, in fact, walked right by it without noticing it at all. There is no signage that leads people to the tree, and the memorial plaque is near the ground and out-of-sight. Furthermore, I didn't see any buskers or fans with guitars either playing "Here Comes the Sun," "Something," or "My Sweet Lord" (or any of Harrison's many other well known songs). Instead, with my own private thoughts and reflections, I enjoyed that pine tree in peace just as George, I'm sure, would have wanted it.
Image credit: Jonathan Kington