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George Harrison memorial tree killed by beetles

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The "Beatle" George Harrison and his young wife, Patti Boyd pose 22 June 1966 in an unidentified place.   AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images) By AFP The "Beatle" George Harrison and his young wife, Patti Boyd pose 22 June 1966 in an unidentified place. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images) By AFP

 (AP) — A tree planted in Los Angeles to honor former Beatle George Harrison has been killed — by beetles.

Councilman Tom LaBonge says the pine grew to more than 12 feet tall before succumbing to a bark beetle infestation.

The tree was removed last month. LaBonge says it will be replanted in the fall.

After Harrison's 2001 death in Los Angeles, the pine was planted near Griffith Observatory. A small plaque at the base commemorates the guitarist and songwriter, who had a deep appreciation of gardening.

LaBonge says several trees at Griffith Park have been killed by the beetles.

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