A memorial tree planted in Griffith Park in honor of Beatles songwriter, singer and bassist George Harrison has been brought down by tree beetles. According to the Los Angeles Times report, “The memorial tree in Griffith Park had grown to more than 10 feet tall as of 2013, but (Councilman Tom) LaBonge said the tree beetle onslaught was too much for the tree. Trees in Griffith Park have occasionally been the victims of bark beetles and ladybug beetles, among other tree-unfriendly creatures.”
Harrison passed away thirteen years ago in 2001, at age 58, having spent the last few years of his life living in L.A. He was later cremated at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The tree, otherwise known as the George Harrison Tree, which will thankfully be replaced in the near future, is accompanied by a plaque that reads, “In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener.” It also includes a quote from the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: “For the forest to be green, each tree must be green.”
The plaque as well as the new tree, are located near L.A.’s well known Griffith Observatory, is a destination for many Harrison fans to visit. One review of the memorial site very accurately describes what the location is like:
On the day I was there, many tourists and visitors, in fact, walked right by it without noticing it at all. There is no signage that leads people to the tree, and the memorial plaque is near the ground and out-of-sight. Furthermore, I didn’t see any buskers or fans with guitars either playing “Here Comes the Sun,” “Something,” or “My Sweet Lord” (or any of Harrison’s many other well known songs). Instead, with my own private thoughts and reflections, I enjoyed that pine tree in peace just as George, I’m sure, would have wanted it.
Meanwhile, Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun” turned 45 last week, Paul McCartney’s released a new video called “Early Days” as well as an Apple app for his albums, and Ron Howard is set to direct the new documentary about The Beatles’ early years leading into Beatlemania. Read all about it on FDRMX’s Encyclopedia of Music.