The George Harrison memorial tree was planted in 2004 near the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California to memorialize the legacy of the famous Beatle who passed away in 2001 at the age of 58 following a bout with lung cancer.
The tree — which was planted as a sapling — had grown to 10 feet tall by 2013. However, the beetle infestation was just too much for the pine, as Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge explained to the Los Angeles Times. Other trees in Griffith Park have experienced similar fates, being felled by other tree-hating bugs like bark beetles and ladybug beetles, according to the LA Times .
However, while the tree may have died, the memorial plaque which lay at the base of the tree remains. Furthermore, the tree will be replanted soon. We’re sure that George, who spent his last days in LA and was an avid gardener, would appreciate the gesture.
The plaque reads: “In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener.” It also includes a quote from the Yogi Maharishi Mahesh (George died as a Hindu practitioner): “For the forest to be green, each tree must be green”