Wrong time of year to tidy up tree?
Inherited a small lollipop pruned tree in my garden and have left it to its own devices while sorting the rest of the garden into better shape.
Originally thought it was a bay tree, now not so sure. It kept most of its leaves through last (admittedly, mild) winter.
I had planned to identify it this autumn and take care of it appropriately, but with all the rain we've had lately it has sprung into life and shot up loads of whippy growth, including some from the base/lower down the trunk, which suggests to me it would prefer to be a shrub?
So; does anyone know what it is, and what form it would prefer?
Can I prune some of this new growth now, or should I wait until later in the year? I don't want it to get too top heavy and cause itself any damage. I've staked it for the time being as it suffered a little in the recent string winds.
Thanks in advance for any insight/advice you can offer!