LOS ANGELES – Here comes the pun: A memorial tree to former Beatle George Harrison planted in 2004 has been killed by an infestation … of beetles.
The pine tree, planted in 2004 near Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, will be replaced, L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge told The Los Angeles Times. LaBonge said the tree had grown to more than 10 feet tall since its planting, but the onslaught of tree beetles proved too much for the pine, which had a memorial plaque dedicated to the Beatles guitarist at its base.
LaBonge says several trees at Griffith Park have been killed by the beetles.
Harrison, who died in 2001, was a dedicated gardener late in life, and lived in Los Angeles before his death.
There is no date set for the re-planting of the tree, the LA Times reports.