Rootstock

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1. the portion of a grafted (grafting) plant that provides the root; grafted (grafting) plants typically consist of a scion, which develops into the shoot or crown and a rootstock that provides the root system; rootstocks may include a signicant length of stem, called standards, commonly used for weeping trees or shrubs.
2. the root onto which a scion or bud is grafted or budded.

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This image shows us an upclose view of a plant's rootstock.
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