Answer: Leafing out in the manner you have described is certainly a sign of severe stress and drought is a major cause or contributing cause of stress; the effect of drought is also both cumulative and in many cases delayed. Ash trees however are generally pretty tough and established otherwise healthy trees are quite drought resistant. You might wish to consult with a professional arborist or your County Extension (560-4150) to see if the tree is experiencing any additional problems besides water stress. I'm sorry about your tree!
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