The leaves on the north facing side of the tree are shriveled and dying. The leaves on the south facing side are fine. I also noticed that the bark on the northeast side is pulling away from the trunk. There has been plenty of rain.
What Is Wrong With My Japanese Red Maple
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Are you seeing any signs of insects or disease on the leaves or trunk?
This could be a wood boring infestation issue.
You could try treating with Neem Oil. I would remove any dead material and dispose of it to prevent spreading any disease.