What Does Shoot Mean?
The “Shoot” of any plant refers to the system of interconnected above ground parts. It may include the immature growth that emerges from the seed, or any or all of the permanent, mature portions of the plant. The shoot includes any of the trunk, branches, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruit (in the case of fruit-bearing plants). Though, an oversimplification of the complexity of plant systems, it can be said that the two living systems of most plants are the shoot system and the root system; covering all of the above ground functions of the plant and all of the below ground functions of the plant respectively.