Love the forum. We just moved into our home in Fort Worth, TX where we have a beautiful Japanese Maple situated on our North wall. It is well established, with large, strong roots, gets partial sunlight in the AM, full sunlight in heat of day, and gets some evening shade. We noticed a few weeks back that one branch's leaves curled up and never opened fully. Meanwhile, dead branches seem to be propagating at an alarming rate, with nearly 1/3 of the established branches bare and showing signs of the bark growth/deterioration you see in the pictures below. We have had a much wetter summer than this region is accustomed to - with numerous June/July/August rainfalls when it typically receives a handful. I've read many sites, including this site's Maple Bark Problems thread. Unfortunately, what I can deduce is inconclusive. Please help with any solid advice or observations. Photos are embedded below. We really don't want to lose this beauty!