George Harrison Memorial Tree Killed ... by Beetles

But don't worry, it will be replanted

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jul 22, 2014 9:06 PM CDT | Updated Jul 23, 2014 12:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – A tree planted in Los Angeles to honor former Beatle George Harrison has been killed—by beetles. Councilman Tom LaBonge says the pine grew to more than 12 feet tall before succumbing to a bark beetle infestation. The tree was removed last month and will be replanted in the fall. After Harrison's 2001 death in Los Angeles, the pine was planted near Griffith Observatory. A small plaque at the base commemorates the guitarist and songwriter, who had a deep appreciation of gardening. LaBonge says several trees at Griffith Park have been killed by the beetles.

Visitors walk past a plaque marking the George Harrison Tree, in Griffith Park on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
Visitors walk past a plaque marking the George Harrison Tree, in Griffith Park on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.   (Uncredited)
A plaque marks the place where a tree was planted in Los Angeles to honor former Beatle George Harrison in Griffith Park on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
A plaque marks the place where a tree was planted in Los Angeles to honor former Beatle George Harrison in Griffith Park on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.   (Uncredited)
A plaque marks the place where a tree was planted in Los Angeles to honor former Beatle George Harrison in Griffith Park on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
A plaque marks the place where a tree was planted in Los Angeles to honor former Beatle George Harrison in Griffith Park on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.   (Uncredited)
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