George Harrison Memorial Tree Destroyed By Beetles

By Shannon Carlin

Now this, Alanis Morissette, is truly ironic.

The George Harrison Tree planted near Los Angeles’ Griffith Observatory in 2004 was recently infested by beetles—yes, beetles, b-e-e-t-l-e-s—causing it to die.

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According to the Los Angeles Times, trees in Griffith Park have occasionally been destroyed by bark beetles and ladybug beetles. The paper also reported that the pine tree, which grew to be over 10-feet tall, will be replaced, but no timeframe has been given as of yet.

As of right now, fans of The Beatles visiting the observatory will be able to check out the commemorative plaque, which still remains in the spot where the tree used to be.

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The plaque features a message: “In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener.” The plaque also includes a quote from the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the guru who first met The Beatles in 1967, which reads, “For the forest to be green, each tree must be green.”

Harrison passed away in 2001 and spent his final days in Los Angeles. He was also an avid gardener for much of his adult life.



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