I haven't checked my Japanese persimmon tree for quite a while. The foliage is lush and healthy and it grows up well. The last time I photographed the fruit there was nothing wrong with them. But today, to my great surprise and disappointment, I have noticed a few fruits laying down on the ground.
This looks like Botrytis (a fungus) to me. And, this is what I found on the Internet when doing a research on the matter.
Well, the excessive portion of the fruit is not the cause of the fruit drop, I am sure. This is the very first crop of the Japanese Persimmon I have and there were only 14 fruits on the tree altogether. I only hope that the nine fruits that remained will live up to be harvested.