Beetles Kill George Harrison Memorial

Jul 22, 2014 at 1:29 pm |
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Beatles Memorial Tree Is Dead

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A memorial tree planted in memory of Beatles guitarist George Harrison has ironically been destroyed by beetles.  The pine tree, that was planted in 2004 in Griffith Park, Los Angeles will need to be replanted but some don’t think they should replace the dead tree and just leave the stump.

According to the LA Times, “Except for the loss of tree life, Harrison likely would have been amused at the irony. He once said his biggest break in life was getting into the Beatles; his second biggest was getting out.”

George Harrison Tree

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The memorial tree had grown to more than 10 feet tall as of 2013, but the tree beetle onslaught was too much for the tree. Most other trees in Griffith Park have occasionally been the victims of bark beetles and ladybug beetles, among other tree-unfriendly creatures.

The George Harrison Tree was accompanied by a plaque which read: “In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener,” and includes a quote from the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, “for the forest to be green, each tree must be green.”

According to Time Magazine, “No date has been set for the replanting of a new memorial tree.”


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