GEORGE HARRISON: Memorial Tree Killed by Beetles Replaced
The new tree, chosen by his family, is a yew pine.
In honor of George Harrison‘s 72nd birthday, a new tree was planted in L.A.’s Griffith Park on Wednesday after the first tree planted in the former Beatles’ memory was killed by beetles.
Both tree plantings were spearheaded by L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge, a long-time fan of Harrison. The original was planted in 2002, shortly after Harrison died in Los Angeles on November 29th, 2001 from cancer at age 58.
The new tree, chosen by Harrison’s family, is a yew pine. Paula Greenfield, one of the organizers of both tree plantings, as well as an accompanying plaque in George’s honor, said although Harrison’s wife Olivia and son Dhani Harrison were out of town and did not attend Wednesday’s ceremony, they approved of the plan.
Greenfield said, “I was very hesitant to even approach Olivia with any of these public tributes that we did. We all know how private George was. But she understands that it’s the public that wants this. We need it, we want it: a public place to think of George. That’s how it all started. He loved nature, and he loved Griffith Park.” (Los Angeles Times)