In news of the ironic; a Los Angeles memorial tree planted on behalf of the Beatle’s lead guitarist George Harrison was killed by… BEETLES!!
Yup, you heard me right… The Beatle’s tree was killed by actual beetles.
Because he was a passionate gardener and spent his last days in Los Angeles, a George Harrison memorial pine tree was planted at the Griffith Observatory in 2001; at the time of Harrison’s death.
The memorial pine tree grew to reach over ten feet tall before a serious bark beetle infestation plagued Griffith Park last year; and wiped out Harrison’s tree.
A new young sapling has been planted in place of the memorial tree to memorialize the late Beatles star, and is marked with a small plaque at the bottom.
Bark beetles consist of some 6,000 different species of beetle that are characterized by their tendency to live, eat, and reproduce in both the living and dead tissue of trees. While some species attack and kill off living trees, the majority of bark beetle species tend to live and breed in dead, dying, or otherwise compromised trees.
While bark beetles play a role in our ecosystem, assisting in the clearing out of dead wood, most are considered notorious pests that can wipe out entire parks or even forests. They can infest in large numbers, overwhelming a tree’s defenses and kill it.
George Harrison (February 25, 1943 – November 29, 2001) was a world famous musician who was best known as one of the four members of the Beatles. In the group he was the lead guitarist, and contributed in writing famous songs like “Something,” and “Here Comes The Sun.”
Harrison eventually left the Beatles to pursue a solo career, and in 1988 he founded the successful group the Traveling Wilburys. At age 58 he passed away from lung cancer at the young age of 58.
Rolling Stone magazine ranks George Harrison number 11 in their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”