The George Harrison Tree, planted in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park in 2004 in tribute to the late Beatles guitar player, has died — due to a beetle infestation. City Councilman Tom LaBonge told the Los Angeles Times that the pine tree will be replanted soon.
According to the report, the tree was originally put in three years after Harrison’s death in 2001 because the musician had spent his final days in L.A. and was an avid gardener. A small plaque at the base of the tree read, “In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener.” The plaque also quotes Harrison himself: “For the forests to be green, each tree must be green.”
The L.A. Times writes that the tree had grown to more than 10 feet tall as of last year, before the beetle infestation took over.