Memorial tree for George Harrison killed by a swarm of beetles


A plaque marks the place where a tree was planted in Los Angeles to honor former Beatle George Harrison in Griffith Park. (AP Photo)

A pine tree planted as a memorial to musician George Harrison has fallen victim to a swarm of pesky beetles. Really. Somewhere in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park a bunch of bark beetles and ladybug beetles with a good sense of humor laid claim to the Beatles legend’s memorial tree, according to the LA Times:

In the truth is stranger than fiction department, Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge, whose district includes Griffith Park, told Pop & Hiss over the weekend that the pine tree planted in 2004 near Griffith Observatory in memory of George Harrison will be replanted shortly because the original tree died as the result of an insect infestation.

The British rock and roll group the Beatles perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Feb. 12, 1964. From left to right are, Paul McCartney, GeorgeHarrison, Ringo Starr, on drums, and John Lennon. (AP Photo)
The Beatles perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Feb. 12, 1964. From left to right are, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, on drums, and John Lennon. (AP Photo)

Harrison, who lived in Los Angeles for the final years of his life, was also an avid gardener. It is unclear when the new tree will be planted. Until then, the beetles have won. For now.

Abby Phillip is a general assignment national reporter for the Washington Post. She can be reached at abby.phillip@washpost.com. On Twitter: @abbydphillip
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