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Pine tree dedicated to Beatle is laid low -- by REAL beetles

Dalia Ibrahim
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 12:42 PM -

In a terrible case of irony, a tree planted in Los Angles to commemorate the beloved late-Beatles guitarist George Harrison has been destroyed by literal beetles. 

The pine tree was planted in Griffith Park in 2004 in honor of the musician and avid gardener who lived in LA until his passing. 

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The Griffith Park and its observatory are popular tourist hot-spots, but the trees there have been plagued by ladybug and bark beetles, both of which can be detrimental to a tree's livelihood. 

In an interview with the LA Times, LA councilman Tom Labonge said a tree would be replanted in Harrison's honor. He told the paper, Harrison, who developed a charming sense of humor, "likely would have been amused by the irony." 

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The memorial tree in Griffith Park had grown to more than 10 feet tall as of 2013, but LaBonge said the beetle onslaught was far too much for the tree to handle.

With files from CNN, The Telegraph

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