Why Survivalists Must Know These 20 Common Trees

Why Survivalists Must Know These 20 Common Trees

Why Survivalists Must Know These 20 Common Trees

UPDATED on August 1, 2020

These 20 trees will now be the most important trees you will know as a survivalist.

Trees have been useful to humans for thousands of years, because those trees can fully support us. These trees will provide for all your basic needs if you know how to correctly harvest and use them.

These trees are best to grow, however many of these trees are relatively common in North America and Europe, so it may not be necessary to plant trees.

In this article, I will cover all the trees that will help you with survival and will make you significantly more prepared. Without further ado, lets jump into the 29 trees you should know and why.

1. Pine Trees

survivalist must know pine trees

These trees are by far one of the most common trees in the world. These trees often make up most of the trees in forests. You will know it is a pine tree if it has needles and pines.

The needle are edible and can be brewed into a tea full of vitamins A and C. The inner wood can be eaten raw and has a sweet flavor. It can be dried and ground into a powder to be used as a thickener or in bread.

Pine tree resins can also be used to waterproof a variety of things, such as boats and containers. You can also use the resins as a preservative.

2. Mulberry Trees

survivalist should know mulberry trees

Mulberry trees are common throughout North America. You can eat the berries raw, dried, and powdered. Morus alba(the Mulberry tree shown in the picture), or white mulberry has a long history with the Chinese, because it was used as a medicine, treating toothaches, tinnitus, and many more things.

The leaves can also be used as a nutritious food for livestock(cattles, horses, etc.) You can also obtain fiber from the Mulberry bark and young stems.

3. White Birch Trees

White Birch Trees

Birch trees in general are very useful to survival, because they are a source of syrup, have healthy leaves containing vitamin C, the interior bark is edible after being dried, and the bark can be cut into fine strips to act as noodles in a soup. The birch sap, called betulinic acid can act as an anti-tumor, and can help to treat HIV.

However, the White Birch has a few more features to add on to that. Their sap is edible and sweet and can be made into a syrup or fermented to make vinegar or beer.

The young leaves and shoots are edible. You can use the outer bark as a shield from snow blindness by cutting a strip and placing it over your eyes. You can use the natural holes to see. To add on, the wood is one of the best tinder and burns fast. 

4. Alder Trees

survivalists should know alder trees

The Alder tree is used to heal surface and internal wounds. If used as a tea, the bark and leaves are great for treating inflammatory, hemorrhoids, fevers, and tonsillitis.

They will also improve the quality of the soil around them by improving nitrogen levels nutrient levels. This is an amazing choice for almost any homestead or garden. Enjoying the content? Consider following us on our new social media account.

5. Beech Trees

survivalists should know beech trees

Beech trees are also medical trees. The leaves can be used to treat frostbite. The leaves can also be converted into a poultice(A soft moist mass of adhesive substances, usually heated and spread on cloth) to treat burns. 

The Beech nuts are also edible and nutritious, giving both fat and oil. Beechwood is also known to be a good source of firewood. Enjoying the content? Consider following us or sharing this content.

6. Willow Trees

Willow Trees

Willow trees, also called Sallows and Osiers have many survival purposes as well. The bark(which is edible) of each Willow tree has salicin, which is closely related to aspirin; therefore it can be used as a painkiller, to treat fevers, and to treat headaches as well. 

Their stems are also very flexible and can be used for making items such as baskets. Their inner bark is also edible, and if dried can be used in cereal or bread.

7. Oak Trees

survivalists should know oak trees

Oak trees are most commonly found throughout North America. These trees make highly nutritious nuts(acorns) that can be eaten raw in some species, therefore it is always better to cook if possible. If dried it will become less bitter and you will be able to grind it up into flour.

8. Elm Trees

Elm Trees

Elm trees are amazing medical trees that is of course multi-purpose. You can make poultice with the bark to treat burns and other deep wounds. 

You can also make tea from it’s bark and it will be a good source of nutrition to heal broken bones faster and prevent diarrhea, as well as helping other bladder and intestinal problems. This is also another good tree for firewood that will burn instantaneously.

9. Basswood Trees

Basswood Trees

Basswood or Linden trees is a tree that serves mixed purposes as well. Young Basswood leaves can be eaten raw and adult leaves can be eaten cooked. The sap can be converted into syrup. The flowers can be eaten raw or with a tea(only use a little, too much can result in heart damage.)

You can get tough fibers out of these trees from the inner bark by soaking it in water and boiling, followed by rubbing on a stick or something similar to seperate the fibers for fine thread, yarn, or cord. 

10. Hackberry Trees

survivalists should know hackberry trees

these are exceptionally rare, worldwide(most in the US, Florida/ Texas). However, if you do happen to run into these trees, you are in for a treat.

The Hackberry fruit is edible, and delicious. The fruit and seed can be crushed to create a delicious food full of protein, fat and carbohydrates. You can store the whole fruit for many months simply by placing it in a paper bag. The berries are easily collected by placing a tarp or blanket under the tree, followed by shaking the branches.

11. Honey Locust Trees

survivalists should know honey locust trees

Honey Locust trees are found mainly in eastern North America. The seeds are edible raw, with a taste similar to raw peas, and they are high in protein and carbohydrates. The pulp of the seed pods can be eaten raw or made into a sugary substance. Young seed pods are edible cooked. The wood is hard and can be used for making tools.

12. Tea Trees

survivalists should know tea trees

This tree is mainly located in Australia. This tree well known as  “medicine bottle” in a tree. The oil from tea trees can be used to get rid almost any infection. When properly made into a tea, it can be used to get rid of gum abscesses(infection in the space between the teeth and the gums) and other mouth infections.

The leaves can also be used to treat skin wounds prevent worsening of skin infections. If you inhale the scent from crushed tea tree leaves, it will help you get rid of colds.

If you are going to make tea tree oil or use it for medical needs, make sure that you only use small amounts(once or twice), because overuse can lead to collapsed lungs and worsening of infections.

13. Apple Trees

Apple Tree

This is a classical American tree that has a lot more to offer than apples. The bark(edible raw) can help to treat diarrhea and fever when eaten. 

Stewed apples can be used to treat constipation, as a laxative. If you bake the apples, you can make poultice, which you can use to treat burns, deep wounds, or eat to reduce sore throats and headaches.

14. Ash Trees

Ash Trees

The Ash tree is another medical tree that can be found in the US and Europe, because it is more common. The leaves and the tips of the twigs can treat gout, rheumatism, and jaundice if consumed. Their wood is also strong, and commonly makes baseball bats, and other tools.

15. Hawthron Trees

survivalists should know hawthorn trees

The Hawthorn tree, also known as Quickthorn, Thornapple, and Hawberry tree is located around the North hemisphere of the world and is relatively common.

This tree makes tea called “cardiac tonic”, which is brewed from the Hawthorn leaves. The tea can decrease blood pressure, while promoting better cardiac health. The bark is edible raw as well.

16. Hazel Trees

Hazel Trees

Hazel trees make hazelnuts and are found mostly in Europe(most in Scotland). Consuming hazelnuts could help to treat kidney problems, along with filling you up with nutrients, antioxidants, and decreasing inflammation. 

The trees interior bark is can be used to make poultice. If the hazelnuts are mixed with animal grease, you will then have yourself a strong insect repellent.

17. Maple trees

survivalists should know maple trees

Maple trees, commonly found in North America(classical Canadian tree) can make special poultice from its leaves. Maple tree poultice helps to treat sore eyes and sore breasts for women. If you use the bark, and make it a tea, you can then use it to treat kidney infections, the common cold, and Bronchitis. 

Maple seeds are edible if cooked, the small seeds giving off a sweat taste, while the larger seeds will boast a bitter flavor.

18. Poplar Trees

survivalists should know poplar trees

Poplar trees are found in the northern hemisphere. The interior bark can be eaten either raw and has a sweet, starch-like taste. The interior bark can be ground up into a nutritious flour or simply eaten. The catkins from the poplar tree are also edible.

19. Cedar Trees

survivalists should know cedar trees

Cedar trees are medical trees as well. They are located in the North-Western part of the United states. You can form a tea(cedar tea) from the twigs and branches. This tea can help with Scurvy and fevers.You can also use this as a bug repellent.

20. Ironwood Trees

survivalists should know ironwood trees

The Ironwood tree is found in South-Western parts of the United States(Mainly Arizona.) These trees have strong wood to make tools. The tree produces edible nuts. This tree also serves medical purposes, take a few chunks of the wood and add them to a very hot bath to ease sore muscles and joints.


Thank you for reading this article. I hope I have this gave you a good idea of what trees to know as a survivalist. Consider following us or sharing this content and have an amazing day!