When given these cultural advantages the trees can thrive even in hot inland valleys. In the landscape design, the redwoods can be great screens and windbreaks, but are often planted as specimens or in small groups. The Sequoia sempervirens, or coast redwood, can compete in height, in a race to the sky, but not in girth. Redwoods live hundreds of years and get very tall. Mar 24, 2019 - Explore Cindy Maberry's board "Under redwood trees" on Pinterest. See more ideas about Garden landscaping, Outdoor gardens, Dream garden. The big tree offers a unique opportunity to the home gardener who enjoys watching things grow big. Finally, there is another matter to consider. Redwoods in the landscape appear to do best when their lower laterals are left intact, the lower branches and trunk are shaded and their root zones are mulched. The growth rates will vary, but the Coastal and Dawn Redwoods can grow fairly fast, so a good-sized tree is possible in just a few years. Redwood trees have a very shallow root system with most of their roots growing in the upper 12 inches of the soil. In a lifetime, these trees, with proper care, can grow to enormous size. The big tree is the fastest growing conifer in existence.