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George Harrison Memorial Tree Overrun and Killed By... Beetles

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If only the beetles had let it be...

In a strange, ironic twist of fate, the pine tree planted in 2004 in memory of George Harrison in Los Angeles will need to be replanted because the original tree died as a result of insect infestation.

From the Los Angeles Times: "The memorial tree in Griffith Park had grown to more than 10 feet tall as of 2013, but LaBonge said the tree beetle onslaught was too much for the tree. Trees in Griffith Park have occasionally been the victims of bark beetles and ladybug beetles, among other tree-unfriendly creatures."

Harrison, who died in 2001, spent his final days in Los Angeles and because he was a noted gardener, the tree was planted in his memory.

A date has yet to be set for the replanting.

- Lou Dubois