A banana tree that Mike Ray planted five years ago is starting to produce bananas as promised by the business he purchased it from. Ray bought the tree for $12.50 and was told it would take five years to begin producing fruit. During the winters, Ray has dug up the tree and took care of it indoors before replanting it each year. The tree is among 57 trees Ray has planted. The retired Van-Far teacher said his trees are his new students.