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Zebra Ginkgo Group

What’s in a Name?


1600, from It. zebra, perhaps from Port., earlier applied to a now-extinct wild ass, said to be Congolese [OED], or Amharic [Klein], but perhaps ult. from L. equiferus “wild horse,” from equus “horse” + ferus (see fierce).  Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper


1773, from Japanese ginkyo, from Chinese yin-hing, from yin “silver” + hing “apricot” (Sino-Japanese kyo). Introduced to New World 1784 by William Hamilton in his garden near Philadelphia. One was planted 1789 at Pierce Arboretum (now part of Longwood Gardens) in Kennett Square, Pa., and by 1968 it was 105 ft. tall.  Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper.  alternative spelling (not incorrect spelling) is gingko.

Zebra Ginkgo

A cross cultural fusion of animal-plant nature.  Symbols of tremendous historical and mythological value.  The ginkgo tree of ancient times is a true living fossil dating back over 270 million years.  The ginkgo thrives in harsh environments and is prized for its unique appearance, beauty, and hardiness.  Some current trees have been alive for over 1000 years.  Zebras are perhaps one of the most easily recognized animals to any child.  They are known from A-Z(ebra), and are truly spectacular animals.  Largely social animals, these wonderful beasts have never been truly domesticated.  When two zebras are together in the wild, they will stand side to side with their eyes facing the rear of their partner – and thus ensuring a 360 degree field of vision.  Both animals guard each other and form a synergy that allows them to see any predator or friend.  Together, the Zebra and Ginkgo have fused into a unique entity: a  far reaching product of hard work, determination, longevity, natural beauty and in turn spread goodness around the world.

“To be idle requires a strong sense of personal identity.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not.  Make it your strength.  Then it can nevery be your weakness.  Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” – George R. R. Martin

“We know what we are, but not what we may be.” – William Shakespeare

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” –Mahatma Gandhi

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