Harrison died aged 58 in 2001 after a battle with lung cancer. But before he died, the “Here Comes The Sun” singer gave McCartney a fir tree that now grows on the grounds of his Sussex estate, and which he believes contains Harrison’s spirit.
McCartney, 78, told NPR’s All Things Considered: “George was very into horticulture, a really good gardener. So he gave me a tree as a present: It’s a big fir tree, and it’s by my gate.
“As I was leaving my house this morning, I get out of the car, close the gate and look up at the tree and say, ‘Hi, George.’ There he is, growing strongly.
“And you know, that takes me back to the time when I hitchhiked with him! They’re [Harrison and John Lennon] an ever-present presence.”
He added: “It’s lovely. He gave it to me, so I just planted it. But then, as the years go by, every time I look at it I go, ‘That’s the tree George gave me.’ George has entered that tree for me. I hope he’s happy with that.”
The “Hey Jude” singer recently teamed up with Beatles drummer Ringo Starr to record some new music.
And he opened up about how grateful he was to have had the chance to reconnect with John Lennon before his death.
Their relationship became strained after Lennon quit the band, leading to its dissolution following the release of their final album, Let It Be, in 1970.
Lennon was murdered by obsessed fan Mark Chapman outside his New York apartment on Dec. 8, 1980, aged 40.
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