Belfast Telegraph

Monday 20 April 2015

George Harrison memorial tree killed by beetles

The Beatles guitarist's commemorative tree will be replaced following the insect infestation

George Harrison spent the last few years of his life living in LA and was a keen gardener.
George Harrison spent the last few years of his life living in LA and was a keen gardener.
The Fab Four, left to right, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison

A pine tree planted in memory of George Harrison has died after being killed by beetles.

It would seem that the guitarist singer-songwriter couldn’t escape his bandmates even in death. He was once quoted as saying that his biggest break in life was getting into the Beatles; his second biggest was getting out.

The tree was planted in 2004 in Griffith Park, Los Angeles to commemorate the musician’s legacy. Harrison spent the last few years of his life living in LA and was a keen gardener.

The tree was marked with a blue plaque, which read: “In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener.”

It also bore a quote from Harrison: “For the forests to be green, each tree must be green.”

Local councilman Tom LaBonge says that a new tree will be planted in due course. Insect infestations often lead to the demise of the park’s horticulture, with bark beetles and ladybug beetles being the worst culprits.

Harrison died on 29 November 2001, aged 58, from lung cancer. His ashes were scattered in the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers near Varanasi, India.

Further reading:

Howard to make Beatles documentary 

Macca uses first guitar in video

Which is the greatest guitar riff?

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Nightlife Galleries


Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News


Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant


You'll be squarely in the public eye, so take extra care with your appearance. This is a wonderful time to promote your abilities, make a public presentation or ask for a date. It will be virtually impossible to resist your charm. People gravitate towards your warm voice. They'll seek your advice and demand your company. Although you'd never let this popularity go to your head, being the object of desire gives you a lift. Use your allure to open doors that would normally remain closed to you.More