Posted: 23/06/2014 at 06:30
Well yes, it's a 'bare rooted tree' until it has been planted - but that's the way that trees can be sold when they're dormant through the winter - your poor little thing is presumably struggling to stay alive and grow with no moisture or nourishment.
I've been doing a bit of googling and the consensus of opinion on various forums is that the Aldi cherries are unlikely to be on the most dwarfing rootstock, so my best suggestion is that if you want to have a go at growing it (and I'm by no means certain that it's going to survive) then you should start it off in a container and see how it goes. That will restrict the growth a bit.
If it grows and in a few years' time it looks as if it's going to be too big for you, then at least in a container it's transportable and if you don't want to keep it you could donate it to someone else who has the space for it.
But for now plant the poor thing in a container with some decent compost and a stake and give it some water!!!
It probably ought to go in a sheltered shady corner too for a while, the poor thing, if it has any leaves at all, won't be used to bright sunlight!