George Harrison memorial tree dies from beetle infestation

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – A pine tree planted at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles in memory of the late Beatles member George Harrison has recently died due to beetle infestation.

The tree, which was said to be 10 feet tall as of last year, was rooted in 2004 to honor Harrison, who lived in Los Angeles during his last days before he passed away in 2001 at the age of 58.

The plaque below the George Harrison tree reads, “In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, many trees in the area have suffered the same fate, with various kinds of beetles such as bark and ladybugs infesting them.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles councilman Tom LaBonge assured the Times that a replanting is underway, though the exact date is yet to be announced.

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