After George Harrison died in 2001, many plans were made to memorialize him in a variety of different ways. In 2004, the George Harrison Tree was planted in Griffith Park, high above Hollywood. It was a nice pine tree near the observatory, marked with a small tasteful plaque. George would have approved, given that he loved working in his garden at home. And over about a decade, the sapling grew into a strong tree about ten feet tall.
Then came the insect infestation. It proved too much for the tree and it has succumbed to the attack.
So what kind of insect were responsible for its death? Given the fate of other trees in the park, it appears to have been something related to dendroctonus ponderosae and maybe members of the coccinellidae family.
That’s right: George Harrison’s memorial tree was killed by…beetles.
(Via the LA Times)