In botany, shoots contains stems including their appendages, the leaves and lateral buds, flowering stems and flower buds. The new growth from seed germination that grows upward may be a shoot where leaves will develop. within the spring, perennial plant shoots are the new growth that grows from the bottom in herbaceous plants or the new stem or flower growth that grows on woody plants.
In everyday speech, shoots are often synonymous with stems. Stems, which are an integral component of shoots, provide an axis for buds, fruits, and leaves.