This is not a question, but comments and corrections are very welcome. Shirotae, which we call Mount Fuji on this continent*, are a flat-topped spreading tree with big handsome double white blossoms that do not get at all lost among the green leaves that emerge at the same time. The first two photos were taken in Vancouver BC on April 7, 2007. The third is from March 29, and the last is Joseph Lin's from March 28. I've added the last two to try to provide a better comparison with Shogetsu. * edited by wcutler 2012apr5: just for the record, we are not calling 'Shirotae' Fuji or Mount Fuji.