Grevillea diversifolia is a native of the south-west corner of Western Australia.
The species is said to reach a height of five metres. Our specimens, after ten years, are about 1.5 metres tall by the same width. The leaves are up to 40 millimetres long and broad near the apex. A few leaves are lobed. This feature has probably given rise to the species name.
Terminal flower clusters may be profuse if not conspicuous because they are only 1.5 centimetres across. Blooms are creamy-green with red styles and appear in winter and spring.
This is an unusual species because of the size of the flower heads. If you have a small garden and are looking for a grevillea to plant then this is probably not the one for you. In the larger garden, Grevillea diversifolia could be included in an informal hedge or screen. Light pruning is appreciated.
The species has proved to be drought and frost tolerant in our garden.
We were given cuttings, many years ago, by a member of Newcastle APS.
Grevillea diversifolia propagates readily from cuttings. We rate it in the top 10% of grevilleas in ease of propagation.
The type specimen was collected on the banks of the Vasse River, near Busselton, Western Australia in 1839.
Warren and Gloria Sheather