Screening trees Use these to block second-story views into your yard or blunt northern winds. Plant them in rows, groups or alone, depending on their spread. Dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) Zones 5–10 Huge pyramidal tree with feathery deciduous green needles that turn russet-orange in fall. Striking, deep-fluted bark. Grows 70 to 100 feet high and 25 feet wide; thrives in moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soil and full sun.